Over 60 women considering suing Google over sexism and pay claims

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Over 60 women are considering suing Google, over claims of sexism and pay disparities.

The women, made up of both current and former employees, are considering a potential class action lawsuit, alleging that they were paid less than their male colleagues, despite having the same qualifications.

Speaking to The Guardian, James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action said, alongside being paid less despite having the same qualifications and experience, that the company had a “culture that is hostile to women”, making it hard for women to advance their careers.

Finberg also said that he had interviewed around 30 Google employees with some of them claiming that they had earned $40,000 less than their male co-workers.

Google has been battling against gender controversy in recent days. The tech giant was forced to fire a senior software engineer after he sent an “anti-diversity” memo to employees.

The memo claimed that men are paid more than women because of “biology” not sexism. It also called for an end to the company’s current diversity policy, calling it discriminatory.

The memo argued that, “the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai told employees in an email that the memo had broken the company’s code of conduct.

He went on to state that, “to suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.”

Alison Simpson
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