Google Tried to Restrict Media Coverage of Gender Discrimination Case: Report

Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
Google Tried to Restrict Media Coverage of Gender Discrimination Case: Report
Highlights
  • The company tried to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the US DoL
  • The DoL had accused Google of systematically underpaying women
  • Critics said it appeared that Google was trying to limit media scrutiny

Google tried to restrict the media coverage of a gender discrimination case brought by the US government alleging that the company had violated federal laws when it did not provide employees' salary history and contact information as part of an audit, a media report has claimed.

The company tried to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Labour, claiming that a government attorney may have violated ethics rules after he/she did an interview with The Guardian.

Referring to the court documents, the newspaper on Monday said Google unsuccessfully argued that a judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Labor (DoL).

The DoL had accused Google of systematically underpaying women and the court battle centres on the company's refusal to hand over salary data the government has requested to which Google replied by saying that the data request was overly broad and violates its workers' privacy.

The report observed that the motion for dismissal of the case shows Google's aggressive efforts to end the case.

Critics said it appeared that Google was attempting to limit media scrutiny with unusual tactics that raise free press concerns and seem to contradict the corporation's public claims that it is committed to transparency and accountability in its efforts to promote equal pay.

It was also reported that Google tried to restrict press access during a hearing last month.

"Following a private meeting with the judge about the Guardian's reporting, Google's attorney requested that the proceeding be closed to the media before continuing, but a DoL attorney objected and the judge sided with the government," the report said.

Google has repeatedly claimed that it has eliminated its gender pay gap globally with innovative compensation models.

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Ericsson Introduces Customised Network Solutions for Indian Market
Honor 6A Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Related Stories

 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2020. All rights reserved.
Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com