Google Study to Address Wage Gap Finds Company Is Underpaying Men

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Google noted to the Times that the pay disparity between men and women was largely an issue of discretionary funds, meaning women were given more in bonuses resulting in large disparities for Google's largest employee group, entry-level software engineers.

A study conducted to address the alleged wage gap at Google found that in most cases, it was men who were being compensated less than their female peers. "It is very disappointing that, instead of addressing the real gender pay inequities adverse to women, Google has made a decision to increase the compensation of 8,000 male software engineers", Finberg said.

To standardize compensation between genders within the group, Google disbursed nearly $10 million to more than 10,000 employees. It did not disclose how much was spent topping up male software engineer salaries.

Google's lead analyst for pay equity, Lauren Barbato, explained in a blog post, "We know that's only part of the story". Former engineer James Damore filed a suit in January 2018 alleging Google discriminates against white men and conservatives after he was sacked for a memo questioning the company's diversity effort.

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Google has given pay raises to thousands of staffers after finding that it was underpaying some men when compared to women.

Google is also facing a class action lawsuit in which 8,300 current and former female employees allege that they received less money than their male counterparts. "Because leveling, performance ratings and promotion impact pay, this year we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees", it added. The analysis included 91 percent of the company's total workforce, and excluded only those employees who work in a role with fewer than 30 other employees or employees representing fewer than five demographic groups. It did not break down how numerous raises were going to men versus women.

The company also came under fire in October of 2018 when The New York Times reported that it paid $90 million to Android founder Andy Rubin in an exit package after finding sexual misconduct claims against him credible.

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