After the recent memo debacle at Google and YouTube, the tech giant is again in news for all the wrong reasons. Three women who had worked with Google in recent years accused the company of gender discrimination at work. The women have sued Google in a San Francisco Superior Court on the grounds of gender discrimination at work. The trio alleged the internet giant of paying less to women as compared to men in the company. The lawyer of the three women has released a copy of the complaint which highlighted the whole issue.
The case is one of many which have flooded the tech industry in the recent past. Over the past few years, the tech industry has faced some severe cases of sexism and sexual harassment. This is not the first time a tech giant has been accused of gender discrimination. A similar case was filed against Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc. in 2015. The complaint was filed on behalf of female employees of the company who claimed that men are favored when it comes to increment and enhancement. In 2015 itself, Ellen Pao put Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture front of everyone when she was pitted in a trial against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Ellen made some serious allegations against her employers which included sexual harassment and eve teasing. The woman claimed that the workplace was a sexually charged atmosphere where male employees preyed on their female co-workers.
According to Ellen she was denied promotion and was subsequently fired for being a female. Though she lost her trial this paved the way for other women to raise their voice against gender-based discrimination at the workplace.
Google has been seen to violate the state’s Equal Pay Act by paying women fewer salaries as compared to men. The issue is drastic because despite women having the same experience and skills receive less incentive for work. Women accuse the company of being aware of the problem yet not doing much to solve it. The three complainants have been identifying as Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri. Kelly Ellis worked at Google’s Mountain View office from May 2010 to July 2014, Holly worked in the company from 2005 to 2016 while the third complainant Kelli Wisuri worked as a sales communications specialist from late 2012 to early 2015. The case has been filed as Ellis v. Google Inc., CGC-17-561299, California Superior Court, San Francisco County. The complaint is based on the data from a 2015 review of Google’s employment practices by the U.S. Department of Labor’s contract compliance unit. From a data on 21,000 employees at the company’s Mountain View office, there were compensation disparities between men and women. Men received better wages for same work as compared to women.
Interestingly Google is among Silicon Valley companies that have been facing the flak for gender discrimination at work. According to recent reports, 69 percent of the workforce at Google is males while 80 percent of the tech team is male-dominated. But it is also to be noted that the proportion of women in leadership positions in the company has gone up by 1 percent in the last one year. The parent company of Google, Alphabet Inc. unit is already caught in controversy ever since firing a male engineer who criticized the company’s diversity policies.