Headline RoundupApril 18th, 2024

Google Fires 28 Employees Taking Part in Protests Over Israel Contract

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Google fired 28 employees who participated in protests over its cloud computing and AI services contract with the Israeli government amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The Details: The protests included a near-10 hour sit-in at the Google buildings in New York and Sunnyvale. Following this, nine individuals were arrested on trespassing charges. Google's vice president of global security, Chris Rackow, announced the firings in a Wednesday memo: “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.” Rackow continued, saying, “Behavior like this has no place in our workplace and we will not tolerate it. It clearly violates multiple policies that all employees must adhere to — including our Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, Standards of Conduct, and Workplace Concerns.”

For Context: The protests followed other instances of Google staff speaking out against the company's contract, with some leaving the company and alleging retaliation from Google. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common across the spectrum on Thursday morning. Echoing previous coverage of the protests, news about the firings from some right-rated outlets cast the Google employees as “pro-Palestinian,” with some articles highlighting criticism of the protesters. Meanwhile, coverage from the left tended to describe the protesters in a more neutral manner; some articles described “years” of tensions at Google over the Israel contract. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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