Three former Google employees allege in a new lawsuit that the tech giant “engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination.” So reports CNNTech.
All three women allege that Google paid them less than men who did similar work and were awarded fewer promotions than men. The women asked a judge to certify the suit as a class action and demand it address salary, interest and damages claims.
In a statement, Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano notes that “we disagree with the central allegations." The suit also points to a U.S. Department of Labor analysis on data covering 21,000 Google employees for 2015 that revealed "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.”
Google, in its own analysis, disagreed with those findings and note there was no gender pay gap. The firm stands by it vetting system for promotions.
“Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these divisions,” Scigliano says. “If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees.”
Google recently found itself in the spotlight after firing a male employee who sent out an internal memo suggesting women are not as capable as men to work in technology because of their gender.