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  • The US internet giant Alphabet (Google) has to pay 3.8 million dollars after a settlement for underpaid payments and disadvantages for women and Asians.
  • US Department of Labor investigators found that Google had underpaid nearly 2,800 women from 2014 to 2017.
  • In addition, women and Asian applicants were disadvantaged in 2017 in job advertisements in San Francisco and Kirkland.
  • The company says it is happy to have the matter resolved.

Google has now settled the legal dispute with the US Department of Labor through a compensation payment in the millions. Google will pay around 5,500 people a total of around 3.8 million US dollars in compensation, the authority in San Francisco announced.

Despite individual cases a damage to the image

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Business editor Iwan Lieberherr sees a certain damage to Google's reputation in the current case. “It is true that the allegation of discrimination in job advertisements only relates to advertisements in San Francisco and Kirkland in 2017. That doesn't look like a systematic disadvantage, but rather individual cases. But Google now needs to review its business practices - both in terms of wages and applications. This matter hardly serves the image of Google. "

Finding explanations for the disadvantages is difficult, emphasizes Lieberherr. «Google has made an effort to promote diversity. For example, the proportion of women on Google is around a third. That seems respectable for a tech company. On the other hand, there are always negative headlines about discrimination and sexual harassment. In Silicon Valley, Google employees have only just unionized. The top management didn't like that. That also scratches the image of the perfect employer. "

Specifically, it was about a possible disadvantage of engineers and applicants with Asian descent in Silicon Valley and in the US state of Washington. A Google employee had complained that they had not been promoted in the same way as white male employees because of their gender or their ancestry.

Google cooperated quickly

According to the US Department of Labor, recipients of the compensation include 2,565 female employees in engineering positions at Google and around 3,000 women or candidates of Asian descent who were not selected for engineering jobs.

Google said the discrepancies were uncovered during a routine internal analysis. The settlement was agreed to in order to correct the situation. At the same time, the group emphasizes that the law has been followed.

We remain committed to enforcing equal opportunity laws to ensure equality in the workforce.
Author: Jane SuhrSan Francisco Labor Inspectorate

Jane Suhr of the San Francisco Labor Inspectorate emphasizes that the ministry recognizes Google's willingness to engage in settlement talks and reach an early resolution.

“The technology industry continues to be one of the largest and fastest growing employers in the region. Regardless of the complexity or size of the workforce, we remain obliged to enforce equal opportunities laws to ensure non-discrimination and equality in the workforce. "

SRF 4 News, 02/02/2021, 9:00 a.m.; sda / dpa / fulu / sibl

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  • Comment from Paimung Butrdeewong (P. Budewong)
    ok, let's take note of that. According to this report, each of the 5,500 injured parties will get about $ 690? @srf something went wrong with the numbers?
    Sure, better than nothing. But rather peanuts for Google.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Patrick Lohri (Patrick Lohri)
    I suspect that a quota was not kept because a company like Google can only be interested in the best people, regardless of their gender or origin! And people who are among the best also know what they are worth ...
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Paul Wall (Paul 06.SO)
    @SRF Are the $ 3.8 million a one-time payment? Then it would only be $ 690 per person. That's really not much with an average engineer salary of $ 90,000 / year.
    Agree agree to the comment

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