The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) says that Google is systematically paying its women workers less than their male counterparts. The allegations emerged at a hearing in a federal court as part of a suit the government agency filed against the tech giant early this year, seeking to compel the firm to provide salary document and data to the government.
On Friday, Janette Wipper, the DOL’s regional director, testified in a San Francisco court. She said that the U.S. government found systemic compensation disparities against the search giant’s women workers pretty much across the entire workforce. According to The Guardian, as part of the ongoing probe, the government has collected details that suggest Mountain View is breaching federal employment laws with its wages for female employees.
According to Tech Crunch, Google has denied that gender-based pay inequalities are systemic at the firm. Earlier this month, the Alphabet subsidiary said it had closed the gender pay gap globally. The company said that they vehemently disagree with Wipper’s claim.
During the last couple of years, critics have been taking aim at Silicon Valley for its unlevel playing field and bro culture, notes CNET. The current suit against Google was initiated when the firm reportedly did not turn over requested details on worker compensation during a September 2015 scrutiny. The Alphabet subsidiary explained that details were withheld for privacy reasons.
The U.S. Department of Labor accused Google of extreme gender pay discrimination. A regional solicitor for the DOL said that the agency’s inspection at this point suggests that discrimination against women employees in Mountain View is quite extreme, even in this industry. The tech firm flat-out denies the allegation.
Big G revealed that every year it does a robust and comprehensive examination of salary across genders and the company has not found any gender pay gap. Google noted that other than making a baseless statement, the DOL has not shared its methodology or provided any data.
The search and Android giant is a federal contractor, meaning the company is required to let the Department of Labor audit and copy records and details about its compliance with equal opportunity laws. In 2016, the DOL’s dept. of federal contract compliance programs requested salary and job history for the tech firm’s workers, along with names and contact details, as part of the compliance review.
The federal government department said that Google has discriminated against its female workers. The DOL seeks to compel the tech giant to disclose wage and other details under federal employment laws. The suit reportedly precedes legislations and an executive order signed by Trump to take out Obama-era protection for workers. The accusations come as firms across Silicon Valley are facing inspection over their treatment of employees of color and female workers, with a number of technology companies ramping up their diversity initiatives in response.
By Anila Maring
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