More trouble in Silicon Valley paradise.
Accusations that Google pays women less than men have resurfaced in a new version of a lawsuit, which now makes specific claims that the female employees affected include engineers, program managers, salespeople and at least one preschool teacher.
The Mercury News reports that a judge had tossed out an earlier version of the suit — which seeks class-action status — but had invited the plaintiffs to resubmit a new version narrowing down the purported affected class.
The amended lawsuit adds more pressure to the cultural upheaval taking place in Silicon Valley over treatment of women in the technology industry. High-level heads have rolled at a number of high-profile firms, including Uber and financial technology startup SoFi, in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Google is under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, which has accused it of “extreme” pay discrimination against women. Google has denied that allegation.
The lawsuit claims that Google’s use of previous salary information was a key factor behind unequal pay for women. State lawmakers have already concluded that asking potential hires about their previous compensation could perpetuate pay differences between men and women.
It’s now illegal, as of Jan. 1, for California employers to ask prospective employees about previous salaries.