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Former employees sue Google for gender discrimination

Former employees sue Google for gender discrimination

Three women, all former employees, filed a class action suit against Google on September 14, alleging that women are paid less than men at the search giant and are routinely shoved into lower paying jobs despite excellent performance and qualifications. Earlier this year, the United States government's Department of Labour accused Google of gender pay gap and discriminatory pay practices.

Three former female Google employees accused the internet search company of gender discrimination in a class action lawsuit filed Thursday.

Like other companies in Silicon Valley, the company has faced questions about how it treats women prior to this latest lawsuit. "The stories of the women were consistent with what the Labor Department found, that women are paid less in every category". Dhillon also represents current and former Google employees who claim they were discriminated against for their political views.

Google is facing the probe from the US Department of Labour into its pay practices.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the company will review the suit but disagrees "with the central allegations".

The plaintiffs are Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri. Former Google engineer sues after being fired for controversial diversity statementsThey also allege the company promotes women slower and less frequently than their male counterparts.

The class action also said Google failed to act to rectify the disparity, referring to it a "willful".

Earlier this month, The New York Times published salary data, compiled by almost 1,200 Google employees, which pointed to disparities across pay grades in both salaries and bonuses across pay grades. Scigliano added that Google has "extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly".

For example, Ellis, who had four years of previous experience, was hired as a software engineer at a Level 3 job position, a level at which Google typically hires recent college graduates. He was put on the higher-paying Level 4, according to the complaint. 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.

The lawsuit says that Google is aware of the situation, but has not made any move to fix it.

-Kelly EllisKelly Ellis, one of the plaintiffs in the case, says she quit her job at Google in 2014 after being denied a promotion despite outstanding performance reviews and qualifications.