October 5th, 2007

classic cylon

Brian Reid v. Google, Inc. – the saga continues

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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