Google sued for gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

THREE fe­male for­mer Google em­ploy­ees filed a law­suit against the com­pany charg­ing that women work­ers were paid less than men for com­pa­ra­ble work. The suit, filed in a Cal­i­for­nia state court in San Fran­cisco, comes amid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor re­gard­ing gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. The law­suit says that Google was aware of dis­crep­an­cies in terms of pay and pro­mo­tions for fe­male em­ploy­ees, but has yet to fix the problem. The plain­tiffs were a soft­ware en­gi­neer, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions worker and a man­ager. The trio charges that Google not only paid them less than men for a sim­i­lar amount of work, but that women were also more of­ten hired into po­si­tions where they were less likely to be pro­moted.

“My hopes for the Google suit: To force not only Google, but other com­pa­nies to change their prac­tices and com­pen­sate ev­ery­one fairly,” plain­tiff Kelly El­lis, for­merly a soft­ware en­gi­neer work­ing for the com­pany’s Google Pho­tos plat­form, wrote in a post on Twit­ter. “The law­suit is about gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, but for me, this isn’t just about women. And it’s not just about Google. When it comes to equal pay, I’m sick and tired of the de­nial from Google that any­thing is wrong. That’s not how you fix it. Time for ac­tion.” The com­pany has de­nied any wrong­do­ing in terms of gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“We have ex­ten­sive sys­tems in place to en­sure that we pay fairly,” Google spokes­woman Gina Scigliano said in a state­ment. “But on all these top­ics, if we ever see in­di­vid­ual dis­crep­an­cies or prob­lems, we work to fix them.” Google, a part of the um­brella cor­po­ra­tion Al­pha­bet, has been un­der heavy scru­tiny for sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion is­sues since Au­gust, when an en­gi­neer posted a lengthy in­ter­nal memo charg­ing that bi­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences be­tween men and women caused the lat­ter to be worse en­gi­neers. The au­thor was promptly fired, soon af­ter the memo went pub­lic.

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