The Dallas Morning News

Women’s pay allegation­s stun Google

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NEW YORK — Google said it’s “taken aback” by the government’s claim that it doesn’t compensate women fairly.

The company said it conducts “rigorous analyses” that its pay practices are genderblin­d and found “no gender pay gap” in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. It said analysts who calculate suggested pay don’t have access to employees’ gender data.

Google also said that beyond gender pay equity, the company recently expanded the analysis to cover race in the U.S. as well.

The U.S. Department of Labor had accused Google of shortchang­ing women doing similar work to men, saying it found “systemic compensati­on disparitie­s” across the company’s workforce.

Google responded in a blog post Tuesday that the department’s assertion “came without any supporting data or methodolog­y.” The company said it had already produced hundreds of thousands of documents in response to 18 requests, and the government is seeking thousands more, including contact details of employees.

The department had no comment.

The difference between Google’s and the Labor Department’s claims might come down to how each side defines pay discrimina­tion, Tim Worstall, a fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London, wrote in a recent post for Forbes.

“Google is using a strict definition of same job to find no gender pay gap. The Department of Labor is using a looser definition of similar job to find that there is one,” he wrote. “Who you think is right here is entirely up to you, but that’s where the disagreeme­nt is.”

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