The US Department of Labor (DOL) [official website] on Friday accused [Guardian report] Google [corporate website] of engaging in compensation discrimination against female employees. As part of an ongoing investigation, DOL Regional Director Janette Wipper stated, “we found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” Google denied the allegation, and the investigation will continue. These allegations came during a hearing in an ongoing lawsuit [press release] filed [complaint, PDF] by the DOL against Google in January arising out of an audit for federal law compliance review.
Just last month the US District Court for the Northern District of California rejected [JURIST report] a settlement in a class action lawsuit between non-Gmail users and Google based on an allegation that Google illegally scanned the e-mails of non-Gmail users in their correspondence with Gmail users for targeted advertising purposes. In January, the DOL filed a lawsuit JURIST report] against Oracle America, Inc. alleging the leading technology company has a systemic practice of paying Caucasian male workers more than their counterparts in the same job title. The Secret Service [JURIST report] has also faced employment discrimination allegations and in January agreed to a $24 million settlement with 10 black agents who accused the agency of racial discrimination in a 2000 federal lawsuit