Google Settles With U.S. Labor Agency Over Employees’ Speech

WASHINGTON — Google said Thursday that it had reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board over complaints from multiple employees who say the company has stymied dissent, including one who has said he was fired for being an outspoken conservative.

“Under that settlement, we have agreed to post a notice to our employees reminding them of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act,” a Google spokeswoman, Jenn Kaiser, said in a statement. “As a part of that notice, we will also remind employees of the changes we made to our workplace policies back in 2016 and 2017 that clarified those policies do not prevent employees from discussing workplace issues.”

Google said that the deal with the labor agency did not include an admission that it violated the law.

The settlement requires the approval of an official at the N.L.R.B. According to a document obtained by The New York Times, a regional director said this week that she was approving the settlement.