Google to spend $ 3.8 million to restore pay equity




Pointed out for wage inequalities dragging down the compensation of its employees, Google has just agreed to pay more than $ 2.5 million to injured parties to compensate them.

A fund of $ 1,250,000 will also be created to make adjustments to the salaries of engineers in Mountain View, Seattle, Kirkland and New York. Four cities which, according to the US Department of Labor, have 50% of the company's engineers.


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Significant pay disparities against women in general, and Asians in particular

During a routine audit, the US Department of Labor found significant wage disparities penalizing women in engineering positions in general, and even more so those of Asian origin.

In detail, government agents found evidence that between 2014 and 2017, Google underpaid 2,783 female engineers in Mountain View and Seattle. Discrimination in hiring to the disadvantage of Asian women has also been identified in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Kirkland.

Informed of the report's findings, Google would have been quick to rebalance the scales. 'The Department of Labor recognizes Google's willingness to engage in discussions aimed at resolving the issue,' said Jane Suhr, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Of which act: a total of 3.8 million dollars will be allocated - as has been said - to rebalance the balance, but also to compensate employees who have been wronged in the past.

And Google immediately issued a statement: 'We believe that everyone should be compensated for their work, not their identity, and we are investing heavily to ensure that our hiring and compensation processes are fair and impartial. Over the past eight years, we have conducted annual internal pay equity reviews to identify and correct any discrepancies. We are pleased to have resolved this issue related to the 2014-2017 audit claims, and we remain committed to diversity and fairness. We support our people in a way that allows them to do their best job. '




Between Google and its employees, the rag is burning

Under the veneer of a hip tech company lies a less gleaming reality. Recall that in 2018, more than 20,000 employees debauched in protest against the catastrophic handling of accusations of harassment and sexual assault that had been escalated to human resources. Some company executives have been covered at the highest level - by the former CEO, according to a New York Times investigation. Larry Page in person.

At the beginning of January, employees were also able to bring their union creation project to fruition. The Alphabet Workers Union, officially launched on January 4 with 200 signatories, would have more than 800 a month later. Its first mission will be to assert the rights of the company's temporary workers, subcontractors and other contractors in order to bring them back to employee level.

A counter-power as unprecedented (in American culture) as it is potentially flammable for Google, which therefore no longer has the slightest interest in letting this type of affair drag on. Remember, however, that in the United States, women are still paid an average of 18.9% less than men for the same job.



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