More than 60 women may sue Google for gender discrimination

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 01:22:24 AM. More than 60 women who are current or former employees of Google say they may take legal action against the tech giant over alleged sexism and pay disparities with their male colleagues. Some of th…
More than 60 women who are current or former employees of Google say they may take legal action against the tech giant over alleged sexism and pay disparities with their male colleagues. Some of the women accuse Google of paying them less than men despite having equal qualifications and similar positions, while others claim a hostile work environment toward women impeded their career advancement. The potential lawsuit would build on a case brought by the US Department of Labor that has accused Google of systemic sexism in pay difference and convinced a judge to force the company to provide its salary records, the Guardian reported. The latest development follows Google’s recent firing of male software engineer James Damore, who wrote a 10-page manifesto describing his skepticism of the company’s diversity initiatives and suggesting that men, on average, are more prevalent in the technology industry because of certain “biological differences” between the sexes. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Damore’s memo violated the company’s code of conduct and advanced “harmful gender stereotypes,” but asserted that “much of what is in that memo is fair to debate,” the Guardian reported. Damore is reportedly pursuing his own legal options, such as suing the company for unlawful firing. As Fox News previously reported, however, any such suit is unlikely to be successful. “Free speech at a private-sector employer is not a protected right,” said Rick Rossein, a professor at City University of...Read more
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