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Systematically paying women less than men. Promoting them more slowly. And denying them opportunities.
These are the allegations in a lawsuit against Google filed Thursday in San Francisco on behalf of three female former employees.
They’re seeking class-action status to sue on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the past four years. “The lawsuit appears to be the first to make class action sex bias claims against Google,” according to Reuters.
“While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century. This case seeks to ensure fairness for women at Google,” said Kelly Dermody, an attorney for the plaintiffs.
The Labor Department is currently investigating Google over accusations that it pays women less. As The Two-Way reported in April, “just three days after Google announced that it had ‘closed the gender pay gap globally‘ on Equal Pay Day, a Department of Labor official testified in federal court that there is ‘systemic’ discrimination against women at Google.”