Google Pays Women Less Than Men According To U.S. Labor Dept.
According to new reports by the U.S. Department of Labor, an investigation into Google Inc. has found that it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts.
The department found the gender-pay gap during a routine probe into where Google, a federal contractor, is complying with laws that prohibit contractors from discriminating against applicants or employees.
A procedural hearing before a federal administrative law judge in San Francisco on Friday, discovered “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce” at Google, according to The Guardian, which attended the hearing.
Google responded in a statement, saying, “We vehemently disagree with the claim,” which believes it is hearing the news for the first time. The company also said that the U.S. Labor Dept. hadn’t shared the date or methodology it used. Google believes its internal pay analysis has no gender pay gape.
For those unaware, Google has been under fire for years over its lack of diversity hires. With a large percentage of white and Asian male employees and executives, tech firms have collectively joined together to start initiatives to combat the trend.
Now that Google is under the scrutinizing eye of the Labor Department, a possible lawsuit could be next. Earlier this year, the department sued software giant Oracle Corp for allegedly paying white male workers more than other employees.