Sep
08
Google Hit With Gender Pay Discrimination Suit | NBC Nightly News


DENYING THEM PROMOTIONS. LET’S GET DETAILS FROM JO LING KENT.>>Reporter: TONIGHT, GOOGLE IS FACING A MAJOR LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE WORKED AT THE TECH GIANT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THREE FORMER EMPLOYEES, KELLY ELLIS, HOLLY PEASE AND KELLNI WISURI SAYS GOOGLE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN BY SYSTEMATICALLY PAYING THEM LESS THAN MEN AND DENYING THEM PROMOTIONS. GOOGLE’S FAILURE TO PAY FEMALE EMPLOYEES THE SAME FOR SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR WORK HAS BEEN AND IS WILLFUL.>>THESE WOMEN ARE TAKING A RISK ABOUT THEIR CAREERS, AND I THINK THEY’RE SHOWING GREAT COURAGE, BUT THEY ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THERE’S A WRONG THAT NEEDS TO BE RIGHTED.>>Reporter: IN AN E-MAIL TO NBC NEWS, GOOGLE DENIED THE CLAIM SAYING WE DISAGREE WITH THE CENTRAL ALLEGATIONS. WE HAVE EXTENSIVE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT WE PAY FAIRLY. IF WE EVER SEE INDIVIDUAL DISCREPANCIES OR PROBLEMS, WE WORK TO FIX THEM. GOOGLE’S WORKFORCE IS MADE UP OF 69% MEN AND 31% WOMEN. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SUED GOOGLE, ALSO ALLEGING COMPENSATION DATA REVEALED SYSTEMIC COMPENSATION DISPARITIES AGAINST WOMEN ACROSS THE WORKFORCE. GOOGLE HAS ALSO DENIED THOSE ALLEGATIONS. THE BALLOONING CONTROVERSY COMES WEEKS AFTER GOOGLE FIRED ENGINEER JAMES DEMORE FOR WRITING AN INTERNAL MEMO CLAIMING THAT WOMEN AND MEN DIFFER IN THEIR ABILITIES BECAUSE OF BIOLOGICAL CAUSES.>>THIS LAWSUIT HAS