Google hit by gender pay gap lawsuit

Google File A Claim By Women For Pay Discrimination

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three former Google employees, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, who said they believe they received fewer opportunities and less pay than their male counterparts.

Google is fighting with the Labor Department of the United States, for the discrimination as the female employees in the company, who are now holding the technology jobs are just 20 percent and for the global workforce they only 31 percent.

Google representative Gina Scigliano said the organization will survey the suit in detail, "however we can't help contradicting the focal charges".

Three former female employees have sued Google, alleging that the company has "engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination". They said that Google pays women in California less than men who perform similar work, and assigns female workers jobs that are less likely to lead to promotions. Accusations against Uber contributed to ex-CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down, while AR firm Magic Leap was another firm to be hit with a discrimination lawsuit earlier this year. Because Google is a federal contractor, it is required to submit to such audits. The initial stages of the review found women earned less than men in almost every job classification, the AP noted.

Pease, on the other hand, was hired by Google with 10 years of prior experience as a network engineer and she oversaw a team of "technical" staff. The lawsuit says she was denied the chance to gain the "technical" classification and was moved out of engineering entirely when she returned from medical leave.


Meanwhile, the men who were already making more than Ellis were busy getting promoted and moving ahead from their initial salary points that were already ahead of Ellis, according to the lawsuit. Ellis left the company in 2014.

Wisuri's story is quite similar to that of Ellis.

Google is among Silicon Valley companies that have struggled in recent years to diversify their predominantly white and male make-up. Yet calls for more transparency with diversity figures and the gender pay gap permanently fill newspapers and social media. This includes not showing that higher pay goes to those in higher positions, and that it pays different based on where its employees are located.

The company has ostensibly placed vast pride in its anti-discrimination policies, and consistently releases a "comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders". She resigned in 2015 due to "lack of opportunities for advancement for women". "About 50 percent of the employees she encountered with Sales Enablement jobs, however, were women". The other women in the lawsuit also allegedly quit after similar experiences, reports The Chicago Tribune.

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