Despite internal allegations and the general persistence of the now disproven wage gap between women and men, Google conducted a new study aimed at addressing this alleged gap among its employees. The result discovered that in most cases, men were being compensated less than their female peers.
In 2017, Google was sued by three former female employees who claimed the company systematically discriminated against women by paying them less than men. A New York Times analysis found at the time that the company paid women less than men on average, but Google countered that the analysis was flawed because it did not take into account factors like tenure, location, or job performance.
In addition to the lawsuit alleging Google discriminates against women, the company is facing accusations it discriminates against men. Former engineer James Damore filed a suit in January 2018 alleging Google discriminates against white men and conservatives after he was fired for a memo questioning the company's diversity effort. A recruiter at YouTube, a Google subsidiary, sued two months later, claiming the company discriminates against white and Asian men.
With the results of its study, Google is vindicated. The latest version of its annual pay analysis that shows more men than women were receiving less money for doing similar work. A disproportionate amount of USD $9.7 million in additional compensation allotted to employees to address pay disparity will end up going to men.
Google's lead analyst for pay equity Lauren Barbato told the mainstream news outlet that it was a "surprising trend that we didn’t expect." Ironically, the anti-male pay gap was likely the result of intentional efforts by Google to target female employees for increased discretionary funds the year prior.
Ms. Barbato noted that one of the largest group of employees to have their pay adjusted this year were coded Level 4 Software Engineers. "Within this job code, men were flagged for adjustments because they received less discretionary funds than women," she wrote in a corporate blog post.