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Google Faces Gender Pay Lawsuit

Google Faces Gender Pay Lawsuit

Google is being sued by former employees over gender pay discrimination.

Not surprisingly, Google has said an internal audit it conducted over pay issues did not support the Labor Department's gender pay investigation.

Plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri say they left Google due to gender pay and career advancement discrimination.

Google is facing a lawsuit from three of its former female employees who accuse the search engine company of discrimination with regards to pay and promotions. This time three women have filed a lawsuit against the company and the reason is money. The initial stages of the review found women earned less than men in almost every job classification.

It is also claimed that Google promoted fewer women, or promoted them more slowly.

Google said it disagrees with the lawsuit's central allegations.

Google also recently fought with the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs over disclosure of salary records a battle that Google won in part.

The three plaintiffs held different positions while at Google: one was a software engineer, one was a communications specialist, and one was a manager who worked in various roles. "And we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly", spokesperson Gina Scigliano said.

Earlier this month, The New York Times published salary data, compiled by almost 1,200 Google employees, which pointed to disparities across pay grades in both salaries and bonuses across pay grades. 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.

James Finberg, the attorney, who is representing these plaintiffs, believes that this lawsuit will be able to gain the class action status and will, indeed, cover all the female employees that have worked with Google and faced such disparities. This includes not showing that higher pay goes to those in higher positions, and that it pays different based on where its employees are located.

"If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees", she said. They would also undermine claims that Google specifically, and Silicon Valley generally, is a strict meritocracy.

According to many former female employees, these policies aren't working as well as they should be.