Google has denied the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) allegations that an in-progress probe indicates systematic pay disparities against women at the company. On Tuesday, the Internet giant issued a lengthy response to charges that it compensates women less than their male counterparts.
On Friday, DOL’s regional director Janette Wipper testified in San Francisco court that the compensation disparities against female workers appear to be found across the entire workforce at the Alphabet subsidiary. According to Fortune, Google’s VP of people operations Eileen Naughton said that they are “taken aback” by the claims, which came without any supporting methodology or data.
Mountain View released its pay methodology in an attempt to prove no gender gap exists at the company. It explained that it employs a gender-blind method to make its compensation calculations, which Google says is based on job location, job level, role, as well as recent performance ratings.
According to The Verge, once a pay is calculated by analysts, it is then fed into the tech giant’s salary equity model. The process compares proposed pay amounts between genders and urges the firm to make modifications if any statistical gap is observed.
Google has continued to defend itself against the DOL’s accusations, saying it has a rigorous process in place to ensure workers are paid equitably irrespective of gender. The company has expressed dumbfoundedness over the U.S. labor department’s claims. According to USA Today, Naughton said that it is very important to the company that men and women who join the search giant in the same role are paid on a level playing field. She added that the company’s analysis gives them confidence that there is no gender salary gap at the Alphabet subsidiary.
As a federal contractor, Big G is expected to permit the government agency to examine records related to its compliance with equal opportunity laws. The U.S. Department of Labor said that Google has refused to provide required information.
The allegations come at a time when Silicon Valley is under scrutiny like never before for reports of discrimination against women. The Mountain View Internet company has claimed that it has reached equal compensation before. Last week, before the federal government department’s public allegations, the search behemoth promoted its pay equity on Equal Pay Day.
Google said that it conducts robust scientific analysis to make sure there is no gender pay gap. The alleged compensation gap was uncovered during a routine audit of Mountain View which, as a federal contractor, is barred from discriminating against workers. The compensation gap is one of a number of diversity issues confronting firms in the technology industry. Silicon Valley has faced difficult questions about the treatment of minorities and women, and the industry continues to struggle with retention, recruitment, and promotion.
By Anila Maring
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