Google has conducted an internal audit to determine if there are wage discrimination based on the gender of its employees. The company has found that, in effect, these discriminations exist, but not on the side that people would usually imagine.
“The pay gap in Google affects male employees more than workers in the company.”
Specifically, the company found that their male level four software engineers received less money for their work than their female colleagues. This has led the company to pay an extra 9.7 million dollars to adjust the salary of more than 10,000 employees in this sector, of which it is presumed that the majority are men. The company has not disclosed specific data on what types of employees and in which countries have received the salary adjustment.
It is not the first time that Google has to make corrections in the salaries of its employees. In 2017, the company paid 270,000 dollars to close wage gaps to 228 employees distributed in six different work groups. In that year, wage corrections were also made to compensate a majority of male employees who received a lower salary.
Google has reported that its analyzes of equity in the company have shown that the compensations made are fair for employees who have the same position, work and performance and who will continue reviewing these processes to continue paying equally.
The company carries out various initiatives to ensure equality among its ranks, and many times these measures are publicized to strengthen the image and transparency of the company. This is what was done when Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, released a statement (in the wake of a sex scandal that splashed the creator of Android) reporting how many employees had been dismissed from the company for sexual harassment.