New York residents may be aware of recent allegations of sexism and wage disparity in the tech sector. According to the Department of Labor, women who work at Google face systemic issues when it comes to how they are compensated compared to male employees. According to the DOL, the company has violated federal law by discriminating against female employees when it comes to pay.
According to a representative from the DOL, the pay disparities are present throughout the entire company. Another representative from the DOL said that while the investigation into the allegations against Google is not yet finished, there is compelling evidence to verify these accusations. In fact, it was noted that Google's actions were egregious even for a technology company. Since Google receives federal contracts, it is required to share data and information to ensure that it stays compliant with equal opportunity laws.
In 2016, the company denied a request for employee wage and contact information. In a statement, Google said that the accusation from the DOL was unfounded, and the company also said that it had not seen the data that was used to make the claim. It also expressed privacy concerns related to the potential release of records to the DOL.
Workers who believe that they have been the victim of unfair pay practices may wish to consult with an attorney. It may be possible for workers to receive a financial award if a company did violate wage or overtime laws. Legal counsel may point to pay stubs, statements from other workers or statements from an employer itself to show that some or all workers were not paid properly. Cases may be decided by a jury after a formal trial or resolved through informal negotiations.