More than 60 Google employees considering lawsuit over gendered pay disparities


With Google’s image already reeling after since-fired software engineer James Damore circulated a company-wide memo in which he argued that the gender imbalance at the company is attributable to “biological” differences between men and women, more than 60 current and former Google employees are now considering a lawsuit against the tech giant over alleged sexism and pay disparities. Employees past and present who are considering pursuing legal action have alleged that a “culture that is hostile to women” pervades Google, and that women at the company earn less than men despite equal qualifications and comparable positions. The potential new discrimination suit would also add to a pending case previously brought by the U.S. Department of Labor that claimed to have evidence of “systemic compensation disparities.”

According to James Finberg, a civil rights attorney working on behalf of current and former Google employees, more than a dozen women cited discrimination as part of why they left the company. Several women, he said, claimed to have been paid $40,000 less than male employees doing the same job. In one extreme case, a female employee reported that she earned only two-thirds of what was paid to her male peer.

Speaking with The Guardian, a former senior manager said she left the search giant after discovering that her male peers were earning tens of thousands of dollars more than she was being paid. Even a new employee — a man — hired to be her subordinate, she added, was given a higher salary than her own.

“It’s demoralizing,” she said. “After a while, it just became exhausting.”

On the right, meanwhile, critics of modern feminism, including women such as Christina Hoff Sommers, are arguing that Google behaved intolerantly or even discriminatorily in firing the engineer who wrote the controversial memo. Sommers declared that Google “excommunicated James Damore for crimes against the Pink Police State.”

“Google is free to operate in accordance with its anti-science androgynous belief system,” wrote Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, in an email to The Daily Signal. “So, too, Americans who believe we are created male and female, and that male and female are created for each other, should be free to run their organizations in accordance with their beliefs.”

Anderson is also the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, a book in which he argues that legalizing gay marriage was an attack on religious liberty and that Americans must “energetically protect our freedom to live according to conscience and faith … to rebuild a strong marriage culture.”

Read the full story at the The Guardian and The Daily Signal.


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