The US Department of Labor has found Google guilty of gender bias in employee compensation.
(CCM) — US government officials have reportedly accused Google of underpaying its female employees. The investigation points out that the tech giant has been compensating female employees less than their male counterparts.
The US Department of Labor says it has evidence of “systemic compensation disparities” at Google. The accusation follows a lawsuit filed against Google for refusing to provide data about its salaries to show its compliance with labor laws. The refusal gave rise to doubts; thus an investigation was launched to check if the company had been involved in gender discrimination.
Janet Herold, a regional solicitor for the Department of Labor, says that the inquiry is still incomplete. However, the Department has received compelling evidence of discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google’s headquarters. Herold also states that the gender bias is quite high at Google, per industry standard.
The accusation puts Google in a tight spot, bearing in mind that the company recently announced it had “closed the gender pay gap globally.” The tech giant denies the accusations in a statement saying: "Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders, and we have found no gender pay gap."
Google's attorney, Lisa Barnett Sween, testifies that Department of Labor's request is part of a “fishing expedition that has absolutely no relevance to the compliance review.” Sween also believes that the request is unconstitutional, violating Google’s fourth amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches.
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