According to the reports by US Department of Labor (DoL), Internet giant Google has shown favoritism against its female employees, DoL said it had proofs of “systemic compensation disparities”.
In a study, the government has gathered info that suggests the internet search-giant is hurting federal employment laws with its wages for women, agency officials said.
“We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce,” Janette Wipper, a DoL regional director, testified in court in San Francisco on Friday.
Meanwhile the regional solicitor for the DoL Janet Herold, said: “The investigation is not complete, but at this point the department has received compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters.”
Herold added: “The government’s analysis at this point indicates that discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry.”
However Google have completely rebuffed the allegation of inequities, maintaining it did not have a gender pay gap.
These accusations against one of the largest and most influential companies in Silicon Valley arrives at a time when the male-dominated tech industry is facing amplified scrutiny over gender discrimination, pay inequalities and sexual harassment.
The allegations arrived during a trial in federal court as part of a lawsuit the DoL filed against Google in January, seeking to induce the firm to offer salary data and documents to the government.
Furthermore Google is a federal contractor, which means it is needed to let the DoL to inspect and copy records and information about its fulfillment with equal opportunity laws. Last year, the department’s office of federal contract compliance programs asked for job and salary history for Google’s staff, along with names and contact information, as part of the compliance review.
Nonetheless Google, didn’t give away the data, which was a breach of its contract with the federal government, according to the DoL’s lawsuit.
Moreover a Google’s spokesperson claimed that company had given “so many records” to the officials and that the requests described in the complaint were “overbroad”, revealed confidential information, or violated employees’ privacy.