A former manager for Nest has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Google, its parent company, for unfair labor practices after being fired from Nest.
The employee was fired after he posted internal communication on his Facebook page. Google employees had created tongue-in-cheek memes on its internal message board that were critical of Nest CEO Tony Fadell after he visited Google's all-hands staff meeting to defend his company's performance following a string of critical stories — some of which included leaks of product developments.
Recode published some of these images, which were created by Googlers upset with Fadell's management style and Nest's decision to shut down one of its products.
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The complaint suggests that Google saw the Facebook post as a violation of its employee conduct policies — so Google canned him.
The Information first reported on the NLRB complaint, identifying the employee as a male. According to the report, the head of Google's security team interrogated the employee about the leak. Sources told Recode that other Nest employees were also brought in, but no others were fired.