Google slapped with lawsuit over pay discrimination

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A class action filed Thursday against Google Inc. claims the tech company systemically pays women less than men in similar jobs and also enables unequal promotions and opportunities for male and female workers. The filing couldn't be immediately verified in court records. "Nearly all female software engineers, however, were frontend engineers". This is the latest rupture in Silicon Valley's sexism problem. This was because the men, she says, always had better opportunities from the start. The other women in the lawsuit also allegedly quit after similar experiences, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The three women worked at Google as a software engineer, a communications specialist and a manager who worked in various roles, respectively. The plaintiffs, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri suggest that Google systematically keeps women in lower compensation levels than men with equal or lesser skills and education even though they do similar work.

Ellis said, "I have come forward to correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google". The suit means to speak to a great many Google representatives in California and looks for lost wages and a cut of Google's benefits. One of the claimants, feminist engineer Kelly Ellis, took to Twitter to explain that she hopes this transcends the topic of pay discrimination at Google and affects all tech companies. Around September 2015, OFCCP, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, completed a statistical regression analysis of the company's compensations data for about 21,000 employees at Google's Mountain View office.

The women described in the filing how they were each treated unfairly by Google.

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All these three employees left the company over the past year. However, the company was criticised for increasing diversity in its workforce too. The report shows the proportion of women in technical and leadership positions has increased 1 percent since a year ago. And the company has little to show for its efforts thus far.

"We disagree with the central allegations", Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano, said in a statement to CNN Tech.

Ellis says that when she was first hired, Google placed her in a "Level 3" job, typically reserved for hires straight out of college. James Finberg, an attorney who helped file the suit, said that over 90 women, both current and former employees at Google, have reached out to him regarding the lawsuit, according to The Guardian.

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