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Google slapped with lawsuit over pay discrimination

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Rosalie Gross | 16 September, 2017, 00:42

As recently as Monday a group of German women's organizations wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding more support for their goals of equal participation, equal pay and better monitoring of gender policies after the September 24 general election. And denying them opportunities. James Finberg, an attorney who helped file the suit, said that over 90 women, both current and former employees at Google, have reached out to him regarding the lawsuit, according to The Guardian. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.

Adriana Gascoigne, CEO of the non-profit Girls In Tech, stated that this issue was not just specific to Google, "There is a systemic problem where women are getting paid less than their male counterparts for doing the same exact job, because employers can get away with it", Gascoigne said.

Three former employees of Google sued the company Thursday on allegations that female employees are paid less and forced into lower-tier positions.

Google newest troubles come as the company faces an investigation by the labor department into sex bias in pay practices.

The lawsuit comes as the Labor Department investigates systemic pay discrimination at Google. "In relation to this particular lawsuit, we'll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations", the company said in a statement. This case seeks to ensure fairness for women at Google.

Ellis went on to receive strong performance reviews at Google but, the complaint alleges, was initially denied a promotion to Level 4. Similarly, Wisuri, who graduated from the University of California and had two years of experience under her belt, was put in the lowest level available for permanent full-time employees.

According to official Google statistics, about 70% of the company's employees are men. The difference in compensation "has been and is willful", the plaintiffs allege.

IN recent months, tech giant Google has been facing problems over treatment towards its female workers amid a media firestorm that has stirred larger debate about gender bias in the male-dominated tech industry. Plaintiff Kelly Ellis stated, "It was time to stand up and say, 'This isn't OK, this isn't fair, and no more". "Google is also required to maintain records of the wage rates, job classifications, and other terms and conditions of employment of all of its employees throughout California". They say Google pays women in California less than men who perform similar work, and assigns female workers jobs that are less likely to lead to promotions.

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