On Thursday, three former employees of Google sued the company on assertions that female employees are compensated less and forced into lower-tier positions.
The class action lawsuit occurs amid an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs surveyed all 21,000 employees of Google’s Mountain View office in 2015. According to documents filed in the suit, it found out that women were compensated less in almost every job classification.
The plaintiffs are a former communications specialist, a former manager, and a former software engineer. It was stated that after experiencing alleged discriminatory corporate practices, all three women resigned.
“In relation to this particular lawsuit, we’ll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations,” stated Gina Scigliano, the Google spokesperson. “Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these decisions. And we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly.”
The said lawsuit details situations in which the female plaintiffs were placed in job classifications that were below their level of experience and below the level of equally experienced male employees and were rejected on promotions and corresponding pay raises. In one case, for example, despite the fact that the female employee had trained male employees successfully to obtain the same promotion.