U.S. Labor Department Says Google Underpays Women

On Friday, the United States Department of Labor said Google discriminates against employees who are female when it relates to pay at a level worse than the tech industry overall.

The Labor Department found compensation disparities that appeared systematic against women nearly across the complete workforce, said Janette Wipper a Regional Director of the Labor Department in testimony on Friday in a San Francisco court.

The department told reporters that the pay discrimination against female employees was extreme. The testimony was in a hearing related to a Labor Department lawsuit against Google to force it to hand over information about salary.

The department has the authorization to conduct audits of employment practices at Google due to the company getting government contracts. It added that Google was not cooperating.

The agency asked the Office of Administrative Law Judges, which is a special court for programs in the Labor Department, to cancel all government contracts of Google’s and keep the company from signing future contracts if it does not comply with requests for information.

The search engine giant disagrees vehemently with the assertion of the Labor department, it said in a statement emailed to the media.

The statement said that each year the company completes a robust and comprehensive analysis of pay related to genders and has found no pay gap amongst the genders.

Other than the making of an unfounded statement that we heard for just the first time in courtroom testimony, the DOL had not supplied any data, or shared what its methodology is, added the statement.

When the lawsuit was filed, the Department of Labor described the information request as routine, but Google has said the federal agency cast a net that is too wide, saying in a statement from earlier in 2017 that the company provided the agency with records in the hundreds of thousands as part of that audit.

The argument appears as if it might hold water for the judge overseeing this case.

Last month, the Judge denied a motion by the Department for summary judgement, in which it would have concluded immediately the case in the agency’s favor.

He said the request by the department for data had been burdensome given the limited relevance.

On Friday, the testimony came after Google tweeted that it closed the gap of gender pay worldwide. The company published a guide as well to doing this at other companies as well.

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