Monday, April 10, 2017

Does Google Pay Female Workers Less Than Male Counterparts?

An "investigation" of Google Inc. has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, U.S. Department of Labor officials say

According to the Labor Department, it found the gender-pay gap during a routine probe into whether Google, a federal contractor, is complying with laws that prohibit contractors from discriminating against applicants or employees.

I don't mind seeing government contractors harassed by the government but it is absurd to think Google can get away with paying female employees less than male counterparts.

Silicon Valley is one of the most competitive labor markets in the world. Headhunters pound the phones daily attempting to pull employees to different firms. There are literally thousands of headhunters in the region. Anybody with Google listed on their resume knows exactly what the pay scale is for their job and could jump to a different firm in a week. They are being contacted by headhunters daily. Google has to pay market rates for males and females.

I am personally aware of several females who work in Silicon Valley who regularly are being offered to jump to other firms. The offers are made based on their skill levels, not their gender.

The same goes for lower-level jobs, the Silicon Valley market is hot. All employees, at all levels, have plenty of options.

Of note, Google said the Labor Department hadn’t shared the data or methodology it used, and its internal pay analysis found no gender gap.


(via The Wall Street Journal)

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