Google Fights Accusations of Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

Posted September 16, 2017

On Thursday, three female former employees of Alphabet Inc's Google filed a lawsuit accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions.

Although the Google lawsuit seeks back-pay for the women, Finberg said he also wants to permanently change the culture of an industry leader in a way that will impact other companies, big and small, "so women in the future are treated fairly".

The plaintiffs - a former Google software engineer, a former communications specialist and a former manager - accused the tech major of paying its male staff significantly higher salaries than their female counterparts for work performed in similar roles. The complaint claims that Google systematically pays women less than men performing similar jobs, promotes men more often than similarly qualified women, and keeps women in lower-paying and lower-level positions.

Google newest troubles come as the company faces an investigation by the labor department into sex bias in pay practices.

"The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's analysis found six to seven standard deviations between pay for men and women in almost every job classification in 2015", the suit says.

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Department sued Google for information concerning how much it paid more than 25,000 employees over the course of 19 years. The lawsuit says that Google was aware of discrepancies in terms of pay and promotions for female employees, but has yet to fix the problem.

Google said in an email that "job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees" and that it has checks in place to guard against gender bias.

Google representative Gina Scigliano said the organization will survey the suit in detail, "however we can't help contradicting the focal charges".

However, the plaintiffs said that Google violated the California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices.

Wisuri joined Google in 2012 in the sales division after tech giant acquired the company she worked for. The lawsuit says she was denied the chance to gain the "technical" classification and was moved out of engineering entirely when she returned from medical leave. The employee was sacked, but since then the debate about the company's actions to its employees has not stopped. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California.