Googleis adamant that the procedures it uses for determining an employees salary do not discriminate against women, despite allegations from the U.S. Department of Labor. Last week, the government agency said it found systematic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce, during a routine compliance probe. The agency then sued Alphabetfor not disclosing salary information.
The Mountain View, California, giant responded by outlining the methodology it uses for figuring out how much its workers get paid. It claims the formula doesnt allow for pay disparity between men and women.
“Our annual analysis is extremely scientific and robust,” Google said a blog post.
They clarified that earnings are based on an employees role, job level, performance rating, and location. Importantly, analysts who determine these bonuses do not know the gender of the worker. The company claims its model defends specifically against the allegations it now faces by analyzing wages andmaking sure there is no pay disparity. Google looked atwagesacross 52 jobs last year, and didn’t find any issues.
A spokesman for the Labor Department denied comment about Googles claims for how it handles compensation, according to theWall Street Journal. We will have to wait for the completion of the investigation to determine whether the Labor Departments assessment was false, or if Googles seemingly impenetrable methods let it down.