Google Fire Software Engineer Over Offensive Memo

More than 60 current and former Google employees allege the tech giant of sexism and pay disparities against women. —AFP  File

More than 60 current and former Google employees allege the tech giant of sexism and pay disparities against women. —AFP File

Right now, there are more than 60 women who are looking to sue Google because they are getting payed less than men who have the same work qualifications as them. James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the potential lawsuit on behalf of Google's female employees, told the Guardian that female staff at the tech giant have earned less than men, despite being equally qualified. The attorney went on and publicly stated that he interviewed over half of the women who are being affected by Google's wage disparities and said that their allegations will be recognized in court.

Despite similar positions and qualifications, some women said they make less than male counterparts in salaries, bonuses, and stock options, he added. He claimed that women can not become as good as men in this industry because they are neurotic, which is a biological trait they have. Among others, more than a dozen claimed that discrimination played a role in their decision to leave the company. "Google is not alone in Silicon Valley", he said. "The goal of the case is to not only get Google to change its practices, but to encourage other Silicon Valley companies to change their pay practices as well".

This all started when one of Google's software engineers, who is a man by the way, made a decision to leak a ten-page manifestation in which he talked about Google's pay disparities.

"It's demoralising", she said while requesting anonymity for fear of retribution. "There's something subconsciously that happens where you do start to question the value that you're adding to the company". "It takes emotional energy that builds up over time".

"I felt like I wasn't playing the game in the "boys" club' environment", said another woman who worked for two years before recently leaving Google. She also said that she was regularly faced with sexist remarks, such as comments about her looks.

"I was watching male co-workers progress at a faster rate than myself". However, in reference to the women considering legal action, the spokesperson said: "Sixty people is a really small sample size".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cancelled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company's internal messaging service.

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