Three Women Filed a Lawsuit against Google for the Pay Discrimination

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Former Google employees have filed a lawsuit accusing Google of paying women less for the same work as men and assigning them positions where they're less likely to get promoted. The complaint alleges that Google "discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systematically paying them lower compensation" than male employees. Months before that, the Department of Labor started investigating Google for pay discrimination. Her goal for the lawsuit is not just to make Google change its pay practices; instead, she said she wants "to force not only Google, but other companies to change their practices and compensate EVERYONE fairly".

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said in a statement that the company disagrees with the central allegations in the complaint, but the company will review the lawsuit.

This seems to be Google's first potential class-action lawsuit associated with gender discrimination, but it's certainly not the lone company facing such criticisms of gender bias.

The lawsuit comes from three females that were previously employees at the Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL) company.

Ellis, who joined the company in 2010 as a software engineer on the Google Photos team, alleged she was put at a lower grade than male workers with qualifications similar to hers.

And finally a lawsuit has been filed against Google citing gender pay gap and its discriminatory policies. A few weeks later, a man who graduated in her class was hired in a "Level 4" position, receiving a "substantially higher pay" and improved benefits.

Damore was quoted by CNBC as saying that Google was "treating people differently based on race or gender".

Due to the extensive records that Google is required to keep regarding pay, job classifications, and other employment records, the plaintiffs hold that although it now does nothing to fix the situation, the company should be well aware the discrimination occurring.

"The net result of this systemic discrimination is that Google pays women less than men for comparable work". Ellis was put into less-prestigious front-end development team, although she had experience in backend development, the department in Google where the company nearly exclusively hires male employees, alleged Ellis.

Ellis said, "I have come forward to correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google".

"If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees".

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