Law­suit Ac­cuses Google of Bias Against Women in Pay and Pro­mo­tions

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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

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