Dozens of Women Are Considering Suing Google Over Alleged Workplace Sexism and Pay Inequity 

A male Google engineer has been fired for circulating a
10-page internal memo criticizing
the company’s initiatives to promote race and gender diversity
(or, really, because said memo went viral), and it appears that
the sexism association will be adhering to the brand for some
time to come.

On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that more than 60
current and former female Google employees are discussing the
possibility of bringing a class-action lawsuit against the
company, claiming they experienced sexism in the workplace and
pay disparities.

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Civil Rights attorney James Finberg, who’s working on behalf of
the female employees, told the Guardian that some of
the women claim they are paid less than their male counterparts
for the same work, and some say they’ve had difficulty
receiving promotions due to a “culture that is hostile to
women.”

A separate serious inquiry into Google’s alleged wage gap has
already been underway for some time. In April, the Department
of Labor announced it had evidence of
“systemic compensation disparities” that run afoul of federal
employment laws. DOL regional director, Janette
Wipper, testified in a San Francisco court at the time,
“We found systemic compensation disparities against women
pretty much across the entire workforce.”

Finberg told the Guardian that several of the women he
interviewed to build this latest potential lawsuit against
Google said male colleagues made $40,000 more per year for
doing the same work. About half of the women Finberg
interviewed still work for Google and around half of those that
left said they did so, at least in part, due to discrimination.

Google has repeatedly denied the existence of a gendered wage
discrepancy and a Google spokesperson told the Guardian
on Tuesday, “Sixty people is a really small sample size.” It
is, however, a rather alarming number of women whose workplace
experiences have left them with a desire to sue the shit out of
Google

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