Google chose to pay for a settlement over the U.S. Department of Labor’s allegations of systematic discrimination in recruitment and salary and compensation.
As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to pay more than $5.59 million to more than 5,500 current and former employees and set aside $250,000 a year for the next five years to meet possible net worth adjustments when paying equity incentives, which means that Google’s total financial commitment to address discrimination allegations has reached 38. $10,000.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance found that Google’s pay gap was against the offices of Mountain View, Seattle and Kirkland, Washington, according to TechCrunch on February 1.
Female software engineers have an impact, and they also found that recruitment rates in San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Kirkland are “unfavorable to female and Asian job seekers”. The above assessment covers Google’s recruitment from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.
In response, Google agreed to pay $1.35 million in arrears and interest ($527.5 per employee) to the company’s 2,656 female software engineers, and $1.25 million in arrears and benefits to 1,757 female and 1,219 Asian software engineer job seekers who were not hired. Interest ($414 per person).
Finally, Google will set aside $1.25 million for equity adjustments for future engineers in Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York offices.
“We believe that everyone should be paid and invest heavily in it based on what they do, not on who they are, to ensure fairness in our recruitment and compensation,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.
“Over the past eight years, we have been doing Annual internal compensation fairness analysis to detect and resolve any injustice.
We are pleased to address the issues alleged in the 2014-2017 audit and continue to work for diversity and equity to support our employees in doing their jobs best.”
“The U.S. Department of Labor knows that Google is willing to settle and reach an early solution,” Jane Suhr, regional director of the Federal Office of Contract Compliance, said in a statement.
“The technology industry remains one of the largest and fastest-growing employers in the region. No matter how complex and large the composition of employees is, we will always promote equity of opportunity and ensure equality and non-discrimination against employees.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has long been known for open internal debates among employees, and the anger of employees has burned to Google.
Among all kinds of dissatisfaction, employees pointed out that Google has done little to resolve complaints about discrimination and harassment.