U.S. Department of Labor Claimed Google Took Part in 'Systematic' Underpayment of Women

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U.S. Department of Labor Claimed Google Took Part in 'Systematic' Underpayment of Women

Here's how the tech company defended their compensation policy.

Published April 12, 2017

Google has received much scrutiny after the U.S. Department of Labor claimed the tech company paid female employees less than male employees across the board, reported Independent.

According to Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director, the agency discovered “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.”

Additionally, Janet Herold, a regional solicitor for the agency, said they’ve “received compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters”.

Although the Department accused Google of payment inequality among workers based on gender, the internet company denied the claims. Google also critiqued the Department of Labor for not properly citing the method they used to make their accusation.  

Google published a blog to the company site describing how “surprised” they were to hear about these allegations.

“We were taken aback by this assertion, which came without any supporting data or methodology,” Eileen Naughton, vice president for people and operations at Google, said.

Naughton explained the analysis used to determine someone’s salary is “blind” to gender because the employee’s gender is not included in the data used to determine payment. She said Google suggests an employee’s compensation after reviewing base salary, bonus, seniority, location and recent performance ratings. 

Written by Rachel Herron

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