Former women employees sue Google for alleged gender bias

Former women employees sue Google for alleged gender bias

The lawsuit filed in a San Francisco state court on behalf of the three women accused Google of "systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees" in California.

Now, according to Wired, one such lawsuit has been filed by three women accusing the company of discrimination both in terms of pay and looking them over for promotion.

Adriana Gascoigne, CEO of the non-profit Girls In Tech, stated that this issue was not just specific to Google, "There is a systemic problem where women are getting paid less than their male counterparts for doing the same exact job, because employers can get away with it", Gascoigne said.

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said in a statement that the company disagrees with the central allegations in the complaint, but the company will review the lawsuit.

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

It serves as another blow to Google, which is already being investigated by the Labor Department over claims of unfair pay practices.

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The plaintiffs are aiming to represent a class of former female Google employees in a larger class-action suit.

Although Ellis had four years of experience in software engineering, she was placed into Level 3 on her compensation "ladder", a level that is typically assigned to new college graduates, according to the complaint.

The U.S. Labor Department has an ongoing investigation of Google, alleging gender disparities in pay at the company. "Google has said its own our analysis of its employees" compensation indicated it had no gender pay gap. Several male employees who were less qualified than her or at the same level were promoted before her.

Google's Scigliano maintained that job levels and promotions at the company were determined through "rigorous" committees and undergo review that includes checking for gender bias.

Google responded by denying the allegations and saying it has "extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly". The complaint closely follows Google's refusal to cooperate with the Department of Labour's requests for historical salary data.

Pease, who had worked for the company for several years, was kept on the lower "non-technical" ladder which holds less opportunity for promotions and less compensation than the "technical" ladder despite her multiple leadership positions and experience at managing those on the "technical ladder". They also alleged that Google assigned female employees positions that have limited career growth.

Google has also faced fire from the other side.

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