The federal government has charged tech giant Google Inc. of gender pay inequity on a massive scale. After reviewing a sampling of HR data obtained from the company, the Department of Labor accused Google of "extreme" discrimination against female employees. The DOL cited a "systematic" gap in pay between men and women at the company and filed a lawsuit to require Google to provide additional compensation data and documents as part of a broader inquiry into the company's employment practices.
It is illegal for employers to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. In addition, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because they have inquired about, discussed or disclosed their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations.
If you think you have been discriminated against on the basis of your gender, you should contact experienced employment law counsel as soon as possible to better understand your legal options.