Google's CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for women on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California, after Damore's manifesto claimed that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes". Wisuri was hired into Level 2 in Google, whereas men with similar qualifications and experiences got to enter Level 3 in the company. The U.S. Department of Labor is now investigating the company's pay practices as a result of a routine audit that started in 2015.
According to the New York Times, a spreadsheet document about wage practices at the company revealed that on the lower levels that men - in the same positions as women - are paid almost 15% more.
In response to the new class action-lawsuit, Scigliano told Gizmodo that Google, again, disagrees with the allegations pitted against it. The complaint alleges that Google "discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systematically paying them lower compensation" than male employees. The company's statement said, in part, that job levels and promotions are determined through a rigorous process, which includes hiring and promotion committees and multiple levels of review. And it's not just about Google. "And we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly", spokesperson Gina Scigliano said.
"If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees".
This comes at a time when there has been much talk about the way women employees are paid and discriminated against, as well as about work environments not being diverse enough. Mashburn went on to say that Google was also giving the company's legal team one day a week to dream up any strategies that inspired them for crushing these women in court. She says she quit Google in 2014 after male architects with comparative experience were enlisted to higher-paying occupation levels and she was denied an advancement regardless of superb execution audits. They are seeking back wages with interest, along with damages and an end to Google's "unfair and unlawful business practices".