Google sued for gender discrimination

Posted September 16, 2017

Three former employees have filed a class-action discrimination lawsuit against Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL), which is already under an intense federal probe into allegations it pays women less than men and hinders their upward mobility at the company.

Three women who say they faced discrimination in salary and promotions at Google are hoping to turn their experiences into a class-action lawsuit.

"While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century". The Department of Labor sued Google in January claiming that it paid white men more than women and minorities with similar job.

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One department official said during testimony in April that a review of Google's 2015 pay figures "found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce". The plaintiffs want to represent women who held jobs at the Mountain View, California company in the last four years.

Google is being hit with a lawsuit from three of its former employees over an alleged gender pay gap.

"There's been a lot of PR and lip service, but. this is going to be one of the only ways to get these companies to change how they hire and compensate women", she added. "I'm glad that these women are coming forward and holding this tech giant accountable because it needs to happen in order to create change", said Gascoigne. The suit also requests Google to stop paying their female employees less than male employees.

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"Google pays backend engineers more than frontend and fastracks them for promotion". The women claim it's because of "sexist culture" that's pervasive at Google.

The plaintiffs say Google violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices.

A Google spokeswoman said: "We disagree with the central allegations".

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Just this week, the fortunes of financial tech company Social Finance, known as SoFi, also fell into disarray after multiple news reports described the firm as a "toxic" workplace riddled with sexual improproprities, harassment, and discrimination. According to a statement made to The Register by Google's senior manager of corporate communications, Gina Scigliano, the levels in which employees are placed and the promotional opportunities offered are determined through extensive committees and checks to ensure that everything is decided fairly.