Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Former Google employees launch class action lawsuit over gender pay

Former Google employees launch class action lawsuit over gender pay

According to The Guardian, the class action-lawsuit states that Google has denied promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are "segregated" into lower-paying jobs.

According to media sources, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed on Thursday 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.

A lawyer representing three female former Google employees said he was seeking class-action status for the claim, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri suggest that Google systematically keeps women in lower compensation levels than men with equal or lesser skills and education even though they do similar work.

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".

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According to the New York Times, a spreadsheet document about wage practices at the company revealed that on the lower levels that men - in the same positions as women - are paid almost 15% more. Months before that, the Department of Labor started investigating Google for pay discrimination. Former Google engineer sues after being fired for controversial diversity statementsThey also allege the company promotes women slower and less frequently than their male counterparts.

Ellis said in a statement she wanted to file the suit to "correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google". Initial findings revealed alleged pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at the company's headquarters at every level. Among other allegations, the plaintiffs accuse Google of violating the California Equal Pay Act.

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. Ellis, who was hired in 2010, was allegedly put in a position typically assigned to new college hires, despite her four years of experience in software engineering.

Google has refused thus far to provide the detailed wage records that the Labor Department Is demanding, saying it's too expensive to compile.

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