Google regularly discriminates against women, lawsuit alleges

Laverne Mann
September 16, 2017

Three women formerly employed at Google are accusing the search giant of discriminating against them based on gender.

The three plaintiffs held different positions while at Google: one was a software engineer, one was a communications specialist, and one was a manager who worked in various roles.

In a series of tweets, one of the former employees filing the lawsuit, Kelly Ellis, said that although the lawsuit is about gender discrimination, it "isn't just about women" and is "not just about Google".

The class-action complaint, filed in San Francisco, included three named plaintiffs who offered specific stories of Google "assigning and keeping female employees in lower compensation levels than male employees with similar skills, experience, and duties".

After the government chose to sue Google over claims of the company discriminating in pay against its female employees, another group of former employees have made a decision to sue Google for equal pay discrimination.

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The lawsuit also follows the release of a memo written by a Google engineer who claimed on the internal document that, among other things, women were not biologically suitable for work in the technology industry and decried Google's efforts to level the playing field. However, an administrative law judge ruled Google did not need to hand over all the data requested by the Department of Labor, calling the request "over-broad" and "unduly burdensome". The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California and seeks lost wages and a slice of Google's profits.

Ellis, for example, was hired in 2010 at a level typically assigned to college graduates although she had four years of experience, according to the lawsuit.

Google is facing the probe from the US Department of Labour into its pay practices.

Ellis said in a statement she wanted to file the suit to "correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google". Scigliano continued, "We have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly".

Google, under federal investigation over alleged "extreme" pay discrimination against women, has just been hit with a lawsuit claiming it systematically pays women less than men. Previously, this year, the Department had testified in court that it found "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce". "Google is also required to maintain records of the wage rates, job classifications, and other terms and conditions of employment of all of its employees throughout California".

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