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Former women employees sue Google for alleged gender bias

Former women employees sue Google for alleged gender bias

USA tech giant Google is facing a lawsuit from three former employees, who allege the company pays women less for the same work.

These are the allegations in a lawsuit against Google filed Thursday in San Francisco on behalf of three female former employees.

Last month, Google's Indian-born CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for women on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California, after Damore's manifesto claimed that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes".

Google denied the claim that the company paid women less for similar jobs than men and didn't offer women enough opportunities for promotion.

In January, The Department of Labor sued Oracle America Inc, claiming it paid white men more than women and minorities with similar jobs. A legal counselor speaking to three female previous Google workers is looking for class activity status for the case. The lawsuit says that Google was aware of discrepancies in terms of pay and promotions for female employees, but has yet to fix the problem.

If I were to hedge my bets, the three women who brought this to the world's attention, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, are going to come out on the winning end of this one.

Lead plaintiff Kelly Ellis, who was hired as a software engineer for Google Photos in 2010, said she was placed in a "Level 3" position usually assigned to college graduates. Earlier this year, Oracle was hit with a lawsuit for paying white men more than other employees, and accusations made by Susan Fowler against Uber sent a shockwave through the tech industry, ultimately leading to the departure of beleaguered Uber founder Travis Kalanick. "In relation to this particular lawsuit, we'll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations".

The women argue that the company violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices.

Despite "excellent performance reviews", Google allegedly denied Ellis' first promotion request, the complaint states.

It also comes about a week after The New York Times published data from employee-created spreadsheets that alleged gender pay discrimination at the company. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California.

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