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Google’s Sexism Scandals Deepen As Over 60 Female Employees Consider Lawsuits
By Kylie Woon, 10 Aug 2017
Things have been rough for Google recently.
Already under investigation by the US Department of Labor for gender discrimination, the tech giant’s credibility was further damaged when now-former Google engineer James Damore penned an anti-diversity, anti-empathy manifesto that went viral.
Now, things may get even worse as more than 60 female employees contemplate taking legal action against Google.
Their reasons? The wage disparity between themselves and their male counterparts, despite having equal or comparable performance and qualifications—as well as the hostile, sexist work culture that Silicon Valley is unfortunately notorious for.
In an interview with The Guardian, civil rights attorney James Finberg—who is representing the women—said that some of them are making about US$40,000 less than male colleagues who do the same work. One female ex-Googler who worked as a user experience designer said:
“I felt like I wasn’t playing the game in the ‘boys’ club’ environment.”
After watching male colleagues progress at much faster rates within the company, the designer—who wished to remain anonymous—decided to call it quits following two years inside the company.
Another female senior manager who recently left Google revealed that the wage disparity was not just amongst equals. She witnessed a junior male employee being given a higher salary than herself—despite being his superior in the workplace.
This is, of course, just one facet of the disheartening work culture female Google employees are alleging. In addition to the wage gap, the women claim that inappropriate comments about their appearance and tolerating misogynistic remarks are a part of their day-to-day.
“After a while, it just became exhausting. It takes emotional energy that builds up over time,” said the ex-senior manager from Google.
Shining the spotlight on Google may be a first step at dismantling toxic work environments in Silicon Valley as a whole. Read the full article here to find out more.
[via The Guardian, opening image via Google]
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