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I posted about this lawsuit a while back, but never heard anything about it. I thought it had been resolved, or something. Apparently not ...

My take on this is that Google should have settled out of court. Brian Reid did good work for them; they should've compensated him appropriately. They didn't, and now things are coming out in the court proceedings that Google would prefer not to be publicly known. (Note, for example, the statement about "inexperienced first line managers.") In an environment where they claim they're not able to find enough people to do the work, they're not exactly giving people much of a reason to want to work there. The next Brian Reid might decide to go to Baidu, or VMware, or form the next Google.

[update] Slashdot is talking about it ...

[update] Lauren Weinstein, a long-time expert of the Internet technical community who has been critical of Google's data retention and anti-click fraud policies, has also made note of the lawsuit. He and Brian Reid are contemporaries, as is Vint Cerf, who is the Internet Evangelist for Google. I wonder if there will be more commentary, and perhaps a grassroots support movement from more of the old guard. It could turn into a PR problem for Google.


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Oct. 7th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Maybe I haven't spent enough time (hardly any) on Slashdot, but I'm shocked at how many people there say that discrimination is perfectly fine as long as it's not being done or sponsored by the government.
Oct. 9th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's shocking.

There are some good posts describing the poor working conditions at Google. A couple I want to point out are:

  • the intern who saw people go on trips only to return to find their desk had been reassigned to someone else
  • the guy who was interviewed by people who seemed to get his résumé at the last minute (granted, this happens fairly often even in the best of companies)

I wonder if this lawsuit will shine the light on the disorganized interviews and poor work culture in such a way that the US Congress feels no need to grant additional H1-B visas. Brian Reid is a very influential guy in the SFBA; he has connections at the highest levels of politics and business.
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