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Google to pay millions for overlooking Asian applicants and underpaying women

The US Department of Labor(USDOL) has settled with Google over allegations of pay and hiring discrimination, reports The Verge. The USDOL found that Google had underpaid their female engineers and there were “hiring rate differences that disadvantaged female and Asian applicants.”

2,565 female engineers at Google will receive back pay and interest totaling $1,353,052. Additionally, 1,219 Asian engineering applicants and 1,757 female engineering applicants will receive $1,232,000 for “engineering positions not hired.”

Furthermore, Google will also cough up $1,250,000 for “pay-equity adjustments.” In total that’s $3.8 million to resolve this problem.

The alleged hiring and salary discrimination occurred at the Google offices in Seattle, Mountain View, Kirkland, and Washington.

A Google spokesperson told The Verge, they were pleased to resolve the issue and remained committed to diversity and equity.

“We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who they are, and invest heavily to make our hiring and compensation processes fair and unbiased,” the spokesperson said. “For the past eight years, we have run annual internal pay equity analysis to identify and address any discrepancies. We’re pleased to have resolved this matter related to allegations from the 2014-2017 audits and remain committed to diversity and equity and to supporting our people in a way that allows them to do their best work.”

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