Google Faces Gender Pay Lawsuit

Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Gender Discrimination

Now, according to Wired, one such lawsuit has been filed by three women accusing the company of discrimination both in terms of pay and looking them over for promotion.

In August, for instance, a leaked "manifesto" written by Google software engineer James Damore criticized the company's diversity efforts as "almost like a cult" and cited since-debunked research to justify different workplace practices for men and women.

In a series of tweets, one of the former employees filing the lawsuit, Kelly Ellis, said that although the lawsuit is about gender discrimination, it "isn't just about women" and is "not just about Google". 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.

The Department of Labor asked Google to provide data for its employee pay after the agency found evidence of systemic pay discrimination resulting in lower wages for women. "In relation to this particular lawsuit, we'll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations", Gina Scigliano, senior manager of corporate communications at Google, writes in an emailed statement.

Ellis, the lead plaintiff on this case, told the Guardian that male engineers with similar or lesser qualifications were assigned to more prestigious and higher-paying jobs.

The US Department of Labor is now investigating the hiring practices of the company.

The lawsuit appears to be the first to make class action sex bias claims against Google, but is only the latest instance of a major tech company being accused of discriminating against women.

The department's bid to obtain 19 years of pay data on 21,000 Google employees was turned down by an administrative law judge, who ruled that it was too broad and intruded on employees' privacy. Scigliano added that Google has "extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly".

The company has ostensibly placed huge pride in its anti-discrimination policies, and consistently releases a "comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders". Having graduated the same year as Ellis and with similar work experience he was hired as a Level 4 engineer, according to the complaint.

IN recent months, tech giant Google has been facing problems over treatment towards its female workers amid a media firestorm that has stirred larger debate about gender bias in the male-dominated tech industry. They also alleged that Google assigned female employees positions that have limited career growth.

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