In a shocking news, a group of more than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women in the company, guardian.com reports. James Finberg, attorney working on a possible lawsuit against the tech giant, told the Guardian that women claim they have earned less than men at Google despite equal qualifications and at-par positions. While some others claim that females struggled certain ways to advance their careers at Google due to a “culture that is hostile to women”. “They are concerned that women are channeled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience,” Finberg was quoted as saying by guardian.com.
The Silicon Valley company is currently facing heavy criticism on social media after a male software engineer’s 10-page manifesto criticizing diversity initiatives and which questioned presence of female employees in tech industry. The backlash of the issue even prompted Google to sack the software engineer. Titled as “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the article angered many in Silicon Valley because it relied on certain gender stereotypes. The note spoke on the notion that women are less interested in high-stress jobs because they are more anxious and even looked to rationalize the gender gap in the tech industry.
Soon, the memo leaked outside the company, as many Google employees railed against many of its assumptions. Taking cognizence of the matter, Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of the memo had violated the company’s code of conduct and crossed the line “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”