Google sued by former female employees over gender pay discrimination

Google sued by former female employees over gender pay discrimination

Three women, all former employees, filed a class action suit against Google on September 14, alleging that women are paid less than men at the search giant and are routinely shoved into lower paying jobs despite excellent performance and qualifications.

A San Francisco-area judge ruled Google must partially comply with the request and submit pay for up to 8,000 employees from 2014-17.

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.

Additionally, they claim Google keeps women partitioned in compensation levels with lower ceilings and routinely thwart advancement opportunities for female employees by promoting fewer women and more slowly than males in the company.

The suit cites data from a 2015 review of Google's employment practices by the U.S. Department of Labor's contract compliance unit that's the subject of a separate federal administrative complaint against the company. If class action is permitted, the plaintiffs will represent all women who have worked for Google since 2013. Google says its own analysis found no pay gap.


Employees filing lawsuits "is going to be one of the only ways to get these companies to change how they hire and compensate women", Ellis concluded. "I'm glad that these women are coming forward and holding this tech giant accountable because it needs to happen in order to create change", said Gascoigne.

Damore was quoted by CNBC as saying that Google was "treating people differently based on race or gender". Ellis, who was hired in 2010, was allegedly put in a position typically assigned to new college hires, despite her four years of experience in software engineering. Initial findings revealed alleged pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at the company's headquarters at every level.

A Google spokeswoman said: "We disagree with the central allegations". "Giving our female employees the time and space to file documents, gather evidence, or just blue-sky the next big lawsuit is a hallmark of the Google approach".

The women argue that the company violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices. Scigliano maintained that job levels and promotions at the company were determined through "rigorous" committees and undergo review that includes checking for gender bias.

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