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April 10, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Says Google Underpaying Women

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The U.S. Department of Labor is accusing Google of paying its male employees more than its female employees for the same work.

An investigation, which the labor department started back in January, has concluded that Google is in violation of federal employment laws, according to a report published by The Guardian.

Labor Department regional director Janette Wipper, at a court hearing Friday, said her agency’s probe uncovered “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.”

The court hearing in San Francisco is the result of the labor department launching a lawsuit against tech titan back in January to seek the company’s compensation data. Google, the agency said at the time, declined to give the government the requested data after the firm, which holds federal contracts, was randomly chosen for an audit.

“Like other federal contractors, Google has a legal obligation to provide relevant information requested in the course of a routine compliance evaluation,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) acting director Thomas M. Dowd in a press release. “Despite many opportunities to produce this information voluntarily, Google has refused to do so. We filed this lawsuit so we can obtain the information we need to complete our evaluation.”

Google protested the DoL’s accusations.

“Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap,” Google said in its statement to the media.

“Other than making an unfounded statement which we heard for the first time in court, the Department of Labor hasn’t provided any data, or shared its methodology.”

Google is not alone in being sued by the DoL. The agency launched similar probe into Oracle back in January as well after it refused to comply with the DoL’s request for data.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.