Pay equity

Department of Labor accuses Google of ‘extreme’ pay discrimination against women

Jared Wickerham/The New York Times

The U.S. Department of Labor has accused Google of “extreme” discrimination against its female employees, citing a systemic gender pay gap between male and female employees at the company, after it’s reviewed its compensation data. “We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce,” Janette Wipper, a DOL regional director testified in court on Friday. Since Google is a federal contractor, it is required to let the department review its records to make sure the company is in compliance with equal employment legislation, but since the internet giant has only shared a “snapshot” of data so far, the Labor Department filed a lawsuit against the company. A regional solicitor for the department claims it already has “compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters,” adding that it is “quite extreme, even in this industry.” The Labor Department is seeking more information to see what is causing the disparity. Google argues the DOL is seeking too much information, violating its Fourth Amendment rights and says the company has closed the gender and racial wage gaps globally, according to an (undisclosed) internal analysis.

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