Google sued by female ex-employees over pay discrimination

From Engadget - September 15, 2017

Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri all left Google after they were put on career trajectories that they suggest would have resulted in lower salaries than their male counterparts. The suit alleges that Google segregates women into lower paying jobs that curb progression, while men with equivalent qualifications face no such hurdles. For its part, Google says it is currently reviewing the suit, but disagrees with its "central allegations."

"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," said Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano.

The case comes on the heels of a full-blown PR debacle for the company. Last month, Google fired a male employee for circulating an internal memo that enforced "harmful" gender stereotypes. The controversial document, attacking Google's purported "ideological echo chamber," suggested that women had low representation in software engineering due to biological differences.


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