Google Will Pay $2.6 Million In Back Pay In Settlement Of Pay Biases
Google has been found guilty of underpaying women and unfairly passing over women and Asians in job openings and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has asked the tech giant to $3.8 million that includes $2.6 million in back pay, towards settlement of the allegations.
What are the allegations against Google?
It was found that from 2014 to 2017 Google underpaid 2,783 women employees in its software engineering group in Mount View, California and Seattle area. Also, there were hiring rate differences between disadvantaged women and Asian employees in 2017. They were all software engineers attached to San Francisco, Sunnyvale, California and Kirkland, Washington.
What is the settlement achieved for the allegations?
In settlement, Google is asked to pay $2.6 million to 5,500 employees and review its hiring and salary practices. Also, the tech giant is asked to assign $1.25 million for pay adjustments for engineers working in Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York over the next five years. Also, the unused funds, if any, will be set aside for diversity efforts at Google.
How did Google react to the settlement?
The first reaction of the tech giant was that it was pleased that the matter had been resolved. Also, it released a statement saying that the company believed that the employees should be paid based upon the work they did and not who they were. It further said that the company would invest to make its hiring and compensation process fair and unbiased.