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Is Google screwing DoubleClick employees?

According to a story at Valleywag, a former DoubleClick employee approached Valleywag with a story that doesn’t exactly fit with Google’s “Do No Evil” motto.

According to the unnamed person, Google managers asked DoubleClick employees to sign one-year noncompete agreements. Most agreed, assuming it would spare their jobs.

Then, a week later, the layoffs began and now some of these people that had signed the agreement are out of work and unable to work in their field.

Were the employees foolish to sign such an agreement knowing that there would be some job redundancies and inevitable layoffs? Yeah, maybe. But either way, if this is true it sounds to me like the employees got a little screwed and screwing your employees fits what I would consider “evil”.

[Via Valleywag]

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