Google scores legal win in Labor suit over women's pay

Google scores legal win in Labor suit over women's pay

Google's latest diversity numbers show progress in closing gender and racial gap has been slow.

Google scores legal win in Labor suit over women's pay

He said the department should move more slowly and deliberately with its investigation, rather than asking for bulk data while offering “nothing credible or reliable” to show that it is doing more than speculating. The 43-page decision could be finalized as soon as the end of July if an appeal is not filed soon.

In a blog post published Sunday, Eileen Naughton, Google's vice president of people operations, wrote that over the past year, Google had provided more than 329,000 documents and more than 1.7 million data points, including detailed compensation information, but "reached an impasse" when the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs wanted deeper personnel data. 

“We were concerned that these requests went beyond the scope of what was relevant to this specific audit, and posed unnecessary risks to employees’ privacy,” Naughton wrote.

Berlin’s decision, she noted, found that interviews with Google executives and managers — as well as reviews of more than 1 million compensation-related data points and other documents — resulted in “nothing credible or reliable” to show that the Labor Department’s theory is based on “anything more than speculation.”

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