Lawsuit Accuses Google of Bias Against Women in Pay and Promotions
Three female former employees of Alphabet’s Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google faces an investigation by the US department of labour into sex bias in pay practices. 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 of labour sued Oracle America in January, claiming it paid white men more than women and minorities with similar jobs. Microsoft and Twitter are facing sex bias lawsuits, and Qualcomm last year settled claims for $19.5 million. Meanwhile, Uber in June said it would make a series of changes after a former engineer in a blog post accused the ride-hailing service of condoning rampant sexism.
The plaintiffs in Thursday’s lawsuit are a former Google software engineer, a former communications specialist and a former manager who worked in various roles at the Mountain View, California-based company. They say Google pays women in California less than men who perform similar work, and assigns female workers jobs that are less likely to lead to promotions. “While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century,” Kelly Dermody, a lawyer for t h e women, said in a statement. Google sp okes - woman Gina Scigliano denied t he c l a i ms in a s t a t e ment . S h e said employment decisions are made by hiring and promotion c ommittees, and are vetted “to make sure there is no gender bias”.
“If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees,” she said.
The plaintiffs say Google violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices. They are seeking to represent a class of women who worked at Google in California over the last four years.
The plaintiffs are a former Google software engineer, a former communications specialist and a former manager