Google puts women in lower level, lower paying jobs, new lawsuit says

16 September 2017, 12:11 | Myrtle Hill

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Three former Google employees filed a lawsuit [complaint] Thursday accusing the company of wage discrimination against women.

The three former employees who filed the suit-Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri-claim Google "channeled and segregated" women into lower ladders or job levels, and "knew or should have known" this was happening.

"The net result of this systemic discrimination is that Google pays women less than men for comparable work".

The proposed class action lawsuit filed in California state court in San Francisco comes as Google is facing a sex bias investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. In April, a Labor Department investigation of the tech firm found evidence of "systemic compensation disparities". Damore also slammed Google's diversity policies, saying it created a "politically correct monoculture" in the company. Two standard deviations is considered statistically significant; six or seven standard deviations means there is a one in 100 million chance that the disparity is occurring randomly or by chance.

The plaintiffs were a software engineer, a communications worker and a manager.

"There is a false and gendered perception at Google that back-end engineering is more technically rigorous, and therefore more prestigious, than front-end software engineering", the complaint states.

Furthermore, despite excellent performance reviews, Ellis says Google denied a promotion she applied for about a year after her hire date, with the company telling her she wasn't tenured long enough. Promoting them more slowly. The three women quit after they felt they would get paid less than their male counterparts.

Pease resigned in 2016 after returning from medical leave to discover her career had stalled.

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Wisuri described being placed on the lowest rung at Google after the company acquired her startup.

Internet Giant Google was sued for allegedly paying less to its former female employees in California. According to the company's most recent demographic report, 69 percent of its workforce and 80 percent of its technical staff are male.

The lawsuit is just the latest in a string of gender-discrimination accusations against Silicon Valley companies. "About 50 percent of the employees she encountered with Sales Enablement jobs, however, were women".

Back in August, Google fired one of their engineers, James Damore, for sending out a memo criticizing the company of "discriminating in its hiring practices based on race or gender".

"Employment levels and advancements are resolved through thorough enlisting and advancement boards of trustees, and must pass different levels of audit, including checks to ensure there is no sexual orientation predisposition in these choices", she said.

The plaintiffs are seeking the wages they say they are owed under California labor law, interest on those wages at a rate of 10 percent annually, plus other damages and penalties.

The purported class of former and current employees is represented by Altshuler Berzon and Lieff Cabraser.



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