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Google pay gap battle

Google pay gap battle

In a withering decision, a federal judge attacked the federal government's gender-discrimination probe against Google, calling the U.S. Department of Labor's theory in the case "little more than speculation".

"We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce", Department of Labor Regional Director Janette Wipper said in April during a court hearing, according to TechCrunch.

The 25,000 names Berlin ordered Google to produce represent another win for the department and its investigators, Herold said.

That allegation came amid a lawsuit - seeking large amounts of detailed employee data - by the department's office for contract compliance, which enforces federal laws over US government contractors such as Google.

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A federal court in California moved on Friday to spare Google from turning over a trove of information about its employees to the USA government as the feds continue to investigate whether the tech giant underpays its female workers.

The judge cited that the request made by the agency was "intrusive on employee privacy, unduly burdensome and insufficiently focused" as the OFCCP couldn't justify their request for the amount of info they wanted.

The judge's preliminary decision drastically limits the number of company employees whose contact information must be provided to the Labor Department. The decision, which must still be finalized, could mark a victory for Google, which denies having paid women less than their male counterparts.

The two sides "reached an impasse", she said, when the OFCCP demanded employee compensation and other job information dating back 15 years, as well as "extensive" employee personal data and contact information.

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The audit continues, and what the DoL discovers will reveal if Google is the rare utopia of a tech company without gender discrimination it claims to be. Google fought the lawsuit, and the Washington Post reports that a judge has ruled in favor of the tech giant.

Administrative law judge Steve Berlin said in a decision on Friday that the agency's request was overly broad and raised privacy concerns.

A judge on Friday ruled the Labor Department's request for almost two decades of data - including personal information on over 25,000 Google employees - is "unreasonable in that it is over-broad, intrusive on employee privacy, unduly burdensome, and insufficiently focused on obtaining the relevant information".

In a blog post Sunday, Google's VP of People Operations, Eileen Naughton, reiterated that Google's internal analysis "shows no gender pay gap" (methodology here) and the company has already provided over 329,000 documents and 1.7 million-plus data points as part of the investigation. A spokesman did not immediately respond when asked to comment. Google did not comply and in an attempt to force it to release the data, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the tech giant at the end of previous year.

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