Three former women who were employed with Google have come forward claiming gender discrimination exists within the company mainly because they were being paid less than their male counterparts. Although the allegations have yet to be confirmed, the three women, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in San Francisco Superior Court and are being represented by an employment and labor law attorney. The women are not only filing suit for their own benefit but are doing so on behalf of all women who currently work at Google.
What else is Google being accused of?
- Paying women less than men when performing similar jobs, as mentioned.
- Promoting men more often than women who also qualify for a promotion.
- Keep women in lower-paying and lower-level positions.
Gender Discrimination in the Workplace is Still Very Much Alive
While gender discrimination seems like a thing of the past, it isn’t. In fact, Google was already being investigated earlier this year when the U.S. Department of Labor “found evidence of an “extreme” gender pay gap at the company” [Source: Forbes]. In the recent analysis conducted by the Department of Labor, it was revealed that there were “between six and seven standard deviations between wage rates of men and women based on a snapshot of the salaries of 21,000 workers at Google’s Mountain View headquarters.”
Aside from the pay discrepancy, one of the women, Kelly Ellis is claiming that the company placed her in a front-end role because of a “false and gendered perception at Google that back-end software engineering is more technically rigorous, and therefore more prestigious” (Forbes). It isn’t uncommon in the tech industry to hear that gender discrimination exists. Back in 2015, Microsoft was sued for the engaging in the act as well.
Although Google has announced that they follow through with tedious procedures when determining pay and promotion, they aren’t exactly being compliant with the U.S. Department of Labor. When Google was asked to provide further documentation that reveals compensation data as well as employee contact information, the response given was that “the time and money required to obtain the data was too burdensome” [ Source: Gizmodo].
Unfortunately for Google, with an employment attorney representing these women, Google is going to need to do more than issue a statement claiming they work hard to treat each and every worker fairly. Although there are only three women involved in the lawsuit, the labor lawyer working on the case has been approached by more than 90 women regarding the lawsuit. Does this mean more women are going to come forward and reveal more gender discrimination horror stories? Perhaps over the course of the next few weeks, we will become more informed on just what happens behind the walls of the Google headquarters.
In the meantime, it is important that anyone who may be a victim of gender discrimination in the workplace use this story as a prime example of why it is important to bring your claims forward. There are highly qualified and knowledgeable labor and employment law attorneys available all across the U.S. who can represent you if you are worried that acknowledging your employer for their wrongdoing may backfire on you.
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