Google to spend $3.8 million to settle pay, job discrimination case




By Paresh Dave


OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s will spend $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay, to settle allegations that it underpaid women and unfairly passed over women and Asians for job openings, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Monday.



The allegations stemmed from a routine compliance audit several years ago required by Google’s status as a supplier of technology to the federal government.


said it was pleased to have resolved the matter.


The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs had found “preliminary indicators” that from 2014 to 2017 at times underpaid 2,783 women in its software engineering group in Mountain View, California, and the Seattle area.


Investigators also found hiring rate differences that disadvantaged women and Asian candidates during the year ended Aug. 31, 2017, for software engineering roles in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, California, and Kirkland, Washington.


The settlement includes $2.6 million in back pay to 5,500 employees and job candidates and calls on Google to review hiring and salary practices.


Google also will set aside $1.25 million for pay adjustments for engineers in Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York over the next five years, according to the settlement. Any unused funds will be spent on diversity efforts at Google.


The company already conducts annual pay audits, but like other big tech companies, it remains under public scrutiny for a workforce that does not reflect the country’s makeup in terms of race and gender.


The company said in a statement, “We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who they are, and invest heavily to make our hiring and compensation processes fair and unbiased.”


 


(Reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, Calif.; Editing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis)

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