Don't Be Evil? DOL Charges Google with "Extreme" Pay Discrimination

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.


Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is a partner in the Litigation, Labor & Employment Practice Group at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. EDUCATION: J.D., George Washington University Law School Georgetown University - B.A., magna cum laude Nichols High School School (Buffalo, New York) EMPLOYMENT: Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP - A partner in the Litigation Practice Group INTERESTS: Member, Nichols School Alumni Board Past Board Member and Officer, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association Bennett High School's Law Magnet Program Bar Association of Erie County Annual Mock Trial Tournament Attorney Coach Past Member, Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Past Member, Child & Family Services Annual Fund Board Leadership Buffalo Graduate, Class of 2006