Google to pay $2.59 million to settle allegations of discrimination – TechCrunch

Google has agreed Paying $ 2.59 million to more than 5,500 current employees and former job applicants as part of a settlement with the US Department of Labor over allegations of systemic discrimination as it relates to compensation and hiring. Google has also agreed to reserve $ 250,000 per year for the next five years to address potential potential equity adjustments. This brings Google’s total financial commitment to $ 3.8 million – a drop in the bucket for the company, whose parent company Alphabet has a market cap of $ 1.28 trillion.

a settlement The disparities affecting female software engineers were found in Google’s offices in Mountain View as well as in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington, after DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance programs. OFCCP found differences in hiring “disadvantaged women and Asian applicants” for the roles of engineers at Google’s locations in San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Kirkland. The evaluation of OFCP was covered as of September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.

As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to pay the company $ 1.35 million for back pay and interest to 2,565 women software engineers ($ 527.50 per employee), and 1,757 women and 1,919 for software engineering. Asian applicants have paid $ 1.25 million in back pay and interest. Roles for which he was not hired ($ 414 per person).

Finally, Google will reserve $ 1.25 million in funds for American engineers at Google’s Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York offices to go toward pay-equity adjustments for the next five years.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch, “We believe everyone should be paid based on the work they do, not who they are and our hiring and compensation processes are fair and impartial Invest heavily to make. ” “For the past eight years, we have run an annual internal pay equity analysis to identify and correct any discrepancies. We are happy to resolve this matter related to allegations from the 2014-2017 audit and are committed to diversity and equity and allow our people to support us in a way that allows them to do their best work. “

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said “the US Department of Labor accepted Google’s willingness to engage in settlement discussions and reach a preliminary resolution” Regional Director Jane Suhr said in a press release. “The technology industry is one of the largest and fastest growing employers in the region. No matter how complex or shaped the workforce, we are committed to implementing equal opportunity legislation to ensure equality and discrimination in the workforce. “