Google hit with lawsuit over gender pay gap

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Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Gender Discrimination

According to The Guardian, the class action-lawsuit states that Google has denied promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are "segregated" into lower-paying jobs.

"In its latest diversity report, Google said 31 percent of its employees are women and that women represent 20 percent of the company's tech workers, up from 17 percent three years ago". The former employees claim the company consistently pays men more for doing similar work as women in similar conditions.

The US Department of Labor is now investigating the company's hiring practices and, earlier this year, testified in court that it found "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce". The female employees allege that women are "segregated" into lower paying jobs which greatly hampers their advancement within the company, while male employees with fewer qualifications are fast-tracked to higher positions.

The US Department of Labor is now investigating the hiring practices of the company.

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If it goes to court, the class action lawsuit will grow to cover all of Google's women employees over the past four years in what would be a costly penalty for the Silicon Valley giant.

Google is being hit with a lawsuit from three of its former employees over an alleged gender pay gap.

If I were to hedge my bets, the three women who brought this to the world's attention, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, are going to come out on the winning end of this one.

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Google is aware of the problem, but it does not make the effort to solve it, say former employees. She said employment decisions are made by hiring and promotion committees, and are vetted "to make sure there is no gender bias".

He also said that he was "pursuing legal remedies" against the company over his firing.

Ellis, in her complaint, says that when she was hired in 2010 as a software engineer for Google Photos, the company placed her into a "Level 3" position typically assigned to new college graduates.

"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".

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Gina Scigliano, a Google spokesperson, said in a statement to NPR that "we disagree with the central allegations" in the lawsuit.

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