U.S. Labor Department Accuses Google of Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

The allegations arose in court hearing to force company to provide compensation data

U.S. Labor Department Accuses Google of Gender-Based Pay Discrimination
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April 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has accused Internet giant Google of discriminating against its female employees in the matter of pay.

The Department claims to have evidence of "systemic compensation disparities."

The government has gathered information as part of an ongoing DOL investigation, said agency officials, that suggest that Google's salaries for women violate federal employment laws.

"We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," testified DOL Regional Director Janette Wipper in court.

DOL Regional Solicitor Janet Herold commented: "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."

She added that the company's alleged discrimination "is quite extreme, even in this industry."

Google denied the allegations.

The claims arose during a federal court hearing that was part of a lawsuit filed by the DOL against the company in January in an attempt to make it hand over salary information and documents to the government.

As a federal contractor, Google is required to let the DOL inspect and copy records and information regarding company compliance with equal opportunity laws. The DOL claims that Google has repeatedly refused to provide the information.