Google sued by female ex-employees over pay discrimination

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A trio of former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the tech giant on Thursday that alleges that the company systematically paid women less for the same work and denied them opportunities for advancement, the Guardian reported.

The US Department of Labor is now investigating the company's hiring practices and, earlier this year, testified in court that it found "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce". The analysis revealed a difference of 6-7 standard deviations between pay for men and women in nearly every job classification in 2015; that is quite a large difference of pay simply based on gender.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Department sued Google for information concerning how much it paid more than 25,000 employees over the course of 19 years.

The text of the complaint specifies that the plaintiffs bring this class action "on behalf of themselves and on behalf of a class defined as all women" employed at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google is being hit with a lawsuit from three of its former employees over an alleged gender pay gap. "Of course, we value the contributions women at Google make at their everyday jobs, but we also want them to feel like they have the resources and opportunities to take that kernel of an idea for litigation and make it into a reality".

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Ellis said in a statement she wanted to file the suit to "correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google". Google says that it is willing to look into the lawsuit's claims, but that it disagrees with the main allegations that are made.

James Damore - the engineer who was sacked by the company over a memo criticising its's diversity efforts - said that the tech giant was discriminating in hiring practices.

-Kelly EllisKelly Ellis, one of the plaintiffs in the case, says she quit her job at Google in 2014 after being denied a promotion despite outstanding performance reviews and qualifications.

"The government's analysis at this point indicates that discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry", concluded Labor Department solicitor Janet Herold. Ellis, who was hired in 2010, was allegedly put in a position typically assigned to new college hires, despite her four years of experience in software engineering. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California.

The women argue that the company violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices.

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