Google has become so ubiquitous in our lives that we often wonder how we got by without it. Iowans often “google it” on a daily basis. However, the tech giant is not without its legal woes. Recently, the company reached a settlement following claims of discrimination.
In the settlement, Google agreed to pay over $3.8 million in response to allegations that the company systemically discriminated against women and Asian workers in its pay and hiring practices. $2.6 million of this settlement is in back pay. In a statement by the Department of Labor, the settlement will be paid out to over 5,500 current Google employees and job applicants. 2,565 of these employees will females in engineering positions who claim they were subjected to pay discrimination. A further 1,757 women and 1,219 Asians claim they were discriminated against in the hiring process.
Discrimination based on sex and national origin is illegal
Under federal law, employment discrimination based on sex, national origin, race, color, religion, age (40 and older), disability or genetic information is illegal. This includes not only discrimination in pay or hiring practices, but it also covers harassment, retaliation and the denial of reasonable workplace accommodations. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the agency responsible for overseeing claims of discrimination.
Learn more about employment discrimination
We all deserve to be treated fairly in the workplace. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and sometimes it is necessary to file a discrimination claim. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s employment law website may be a good source of information for those who want to learn more about their rights and options.