Minda Zetlin reports “Google works hard to keep the 121,000 contractors it employs separate from its permanent employees. The two groups wear different colored badges, contractors are barred from some meetings, and they aren’t provided employee perks such as health insurance and vacation time. The company apparently put these measures in place to make the status of its contractors as non-employees legally clear. Even so, it’s still risking a major labor lawsuit in Google’s home state of California.
Last December, contractors at Google sent an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding the same benefits as full-time employees, and also to be included in company communications and meetings.” See full article.