A group of former Google employees sued the web search giant for keeping them on low paying jobs just because they are women. The lawsuit alleges that the firm denied women promotions and kept them on a lower pay than men in similar positions.
If plaintiffs win, Google will have to compensate every woman that has worked for the company in California since 2013.
The lead plaintiff, Kelly Ellis, told reporters that she and her colleagues have been warned the company about discrimination for a long time but with no success. Ellis claims that her former employer resorted to a lot of “PR and lip service” but failed to take action.
She thinks that the only way to convince Google to change its policies on how it hires and compensate women is a lawsuit. Ellis claims that many of her male colleagues were promoted above her despite holding the same position.
She noted that women were left with lower pay “front-end” position while men got the higher-paying “back end” positions. The former engineer had to resign over the sexism she faced at her workplace, but Google claimed that she lacked the technical skills for the role.
Is Google Sexist?
While the lawsuit alleges that the firm is infringing labor laws, Google’s attorneys claim that the company’s policies ensure that everyone gets a fair pay. It’s not the first time, the online giant has been accused of sexism.
In August, the company fired a male engineer after he posted a memo detailing why there are so few women in tech companies. James Damore thinks that women are better than men at non-technical tasks but the company refuses to acknowledge the differences because of a “politically correct monoculture.”
The engineer concluded that using social engineering in the tech world just to lure in women doesn’t work. His memo made the headlines worldwide and went viral on the internet but it also drew Google’s ire. Google promptly fired him for spreading “gender stereotypes” within the company.
The firing came just months after the Mountain View-based firm was accused by the Labor Department of “extreme” pay discrimination. The feds also sued to force Google to disclose pay records for a federal audit.
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