Lawsuit Filed Against Google

Lawsuit Filed Against Google

posted by Nino Robertson | 21.09.2017

Gender Pay Issue

THREE women who used to work for the technology giant, Google, have now filed lawsuits against the company after they alleged that it pays men more money than women, for work that is similar.

Google Pay GapAt present, Google are aware that a lawsuit has been made but, as yet they have not done anything to rectify the situation. This complaint comes in the wake of various companies in the Silicon Valley area have faced growing anger over what they call 'gender relations'. Google are already in trouble over their pay structure and are currently being investigated by the Department of Labor.

Compensate Everyone Fairly

One of the women who filed the suit, Ellis Kelly, who had previously worked as a software engineer for the company said "It is time to stop ignoring these issues in tech." She then took to social media platform, Twitter, to outline her hopes for what the lawsuit would achieve. 

"I hope to force not only Google, but, other companies to change their practices to compensate everyone fairly." She said.

This particular lawsuit was filed in a court in San Francisco, it claims that Google discriminates against female workers with lower pay, limited chances to gain promotion and far fewer advancement opportunities compared to their male counterparts who have comparable qualifications. 

Google say that they will look over the lawsuit but they disagree with the central allegations of what it claims to be true. Those complaining are seeking to achieve class-action status. Ultimately, this would cover all women working for the company in California for the last four years. They are also seeking unpaid wages among other remedies.

Checks To Prevent Bias

"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 decisions." spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said in a statement.

This is not the first time that companies in Silicon Valley have come under criticism over the way they treat female staff. At the moment men dominate the Google workforce, with 70% according to the figures. Furthermore, Men represent about 80% of staff in "tech" roles and 75% of leadership positions.

Google also made headlines earlier this summer, when a memo written by a senior Google employee that criticised diversity programmes and hiring practices became public knowledge. That employee now no longer works for the firm.

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