Would the money suffice for the injustices?
$2.59 million discrimination settlement is the compensation that Google has to for over 5,500 current employees and former job applicants in settling the alleged systematic discrimination. This relates to the compensation gaps and hiring processes they have in the company, which should be settled with the U.S. Department of Labor.
The $2.59 million Discrimination Settlement: Google’s Call to Action
The company has agreed to start saving $250,000 a year for the next five years to prepare for any potential pay equity adjustments that may occur. This would total for the amount of $3.8 million. The settlement arose after the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs discovered the pay disparities affecting female software engineers and hiring rates that “disadvantaged female and Asian applicants” for engineers roles at Google. This investigation was covered from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2017.
By then, the Tech Giant has agreed to pay $1.35 million in back pay and interest to 2,565 female software engineers at the company ($527.50 per employee), and $1.25 million in back pay and interest to 1,757 women and 1,219 Asian applicants for software engineering roles who they did not hire at those moment ($414 per person).
“The U.S. Department of Labor acknowledges Google’s willingness to engage in settlement discussions and reach an early resolution,” Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Regional Director Jane Suhr said in a press release. “The technology industry continues to be one of the region’s largest and fastest growing employers. Regardless of how complex or the size of the workforce, we remain committed to enforcing equal opportunity laws to ensure non-discrimination and equity in the workforce.”
Their statement in regards to the $2.59 million discrimination settlement.
Google Workers Join International Union
Google workers are uniting in forming a global union alliance, which is called the Alpha Global. The newly created coalition comprises 13 different unions from 10 countries like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. This happened right after the workers from Canada and the US started the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU).
The Alphabet Workers Union started with 230 members and grew over 700 within a week after they launched it. The newly formed group Alpha Global is affiliated with the UNI Global Union, a labor union federation that represents 20 million workers worldwide.
“We know that organizing for justice at a global company like Alphabet does not stop at national boundaries,” stated Parul Koul, executive chair of the AWU and a Google software engineer.