Google Refuses to Produce Gender Pay Data in Lawsuit Featured

  31 May 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has sued Google Inc., for gender discrimination, alleging that the company systematically engaged in pay discrimination against female employees.

As part of the lawsuit, the DOL is demanding that Google produce certain pay data. However, Google is challenging the DOL’s demand, arguing at a court hearing on the matter, that it would have to spend up to 500 hours of work and $100,000 to comply with the DOL’s ongoing demands for pay data. However, the DOL noted that with nearly $28 billion in annual income, Google is one of the most profitable companies in the United States. On this point, DOL attorney, Ian Eliasoph, commented that, “Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water.” The exchanges occurred in a San Francisco courtroom during the final day of testimony in one of the most high-profile government trials to date covering the wage and gender discrimination that allegedly exists in the tech industry. Read more here.