James filed a case with the NLRB the day he was fired from Google. It happened before he got counsel. The National Labor Act, which is implemented by the Board, protects workers’ rights under unacceptable working conditions — the memo that James wrote falls under that protected category.
So,we got geared up for a lawsuit. The National Labor Relations Board has a number of regional offices and they decided that James had a case. Now, when somebody’s fired, they’re supposed to act quickly within weeks to have a hearing and get them returned to their job. While we were waiting, we realized something’s wrong. It turns out Google lobbied the Washington office of the NLRB.
President Trump appointed the Deputy General Counsel. Obama holdovers at the NLRB decided to overrule.
We withdrew the NLRB charge when we realized they’re going to sit on it and not take it seriously. We filed a lawsuit in state court. We’re waiting for our first day in court, which will be in May.
Google is big, but you still have to follow the law.