Google: Google fires 28 employees following series of internal protests

Apr 22, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Google has terminated the employment of 28 employees on Wednesday. This comes after a series of internal protests about labor conditions and the company's contract with the Israeli government and military.

The protests were led by the "No Tech For Apartheid" organization. One of the protestors who was arrested, Google Cloud software engineer Cheyne Anderson, said: “On a personal level, I am opposed to Google taking any military contracts — no matter which government they’re with or what exactly the contract is about.

"I hold that opinion because Google is an international company and no matter which military it’s with, there are always going to be people on the receiving end ... represented in Google’s employee base and also our user base.”

The following day, Google's vice president of global security sent employees a memo that read: “Following investigation, today we terminated the employment of twenty-eight employees found to be involved. We will continue to investigate and take action as needed.”

“Google Cloud supports numerous governments around the world in countries where we operate, including the Israeli government, with our generally available cloud computing services,” a Google spokesperson told CNBC. “This work is not directed at highly sensitive, classified, or military workloads relevant to weapons or intelligence services.”