Google to spend $3.8 million to settle accusations of bias

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Google will spend $3.8 million to settle allegations that it underpaid women and unfairly passed over women and Asians for open roles within the organisation, the US Department of Labor has said.

The allegations stemmed from a compliance audit that took place several years ago that was required for Google’s status as a supplier of technology to the federal government.

Google commented that it was pleased to have resolved the matter.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs had found “preliminary indicators” that Google from 2014 to 2017 at times underpaid 2,783 women in its software engineering group in the organisations Mountain View, California, and the Seattle, Washington areas.

Investigators also found hiring rate differences that disadvantaged women and Asian candidates during the year ended on August the 31st 2017, for software engineering roles in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, California; along with roles in Kirkland, Washington.

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The settlement includes $2.6 million in back pay to some 5,500 employees and candidates. It also calls on Google to take time to review and potentially amend its internal hiring and salary practices.

Google also will set aside $1.25 million for pay adjustments for engineers in Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York over the next five years, according to the settlement. Any unused funds will be spent on diversity efforts at Google.

The company already conducts annual pay audits, but like other big tech companies, it remains under public scrutiny for publicly stating progressive ideology, whilst having a workforce that does not reflect anything like the country’s actual demographic make-up.

“We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who they are, and invest heavily to make our hiring and compensation processes fair and unbiased”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, Calif. Editing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis.

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