Google hit with lawsuit over gender pay discrimination

TECHNOLOGY

Google hit with lawsuit over gender pay gap

Google faces a lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class-action status for the claim.

The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary finding of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The initial stages of the review found that women earned less than men in nearly every job classification.

Google disputes those findings and says its analysis shows no gender pay gap.

The suit is on behalf of Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri, all of whom quit after being put on career tracks that they claimed would pay them less than their male counterparts. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California and seeks lost wages and a slice of Google’s profits.

A Google spokeswoman said the company will review the suit in detail, “but we disagree with the central allegations.”

Charges of gender discrimination have swirled at Google since the Labor Department sued in January to bar it from doing business with the federal government until it released thousands of documents related to an audit of its pay practices. The sides have been battling over how much data Google must turn over.

— Associated Press

AUTOMOTIVES

VW recalls 5 million vehicles in China

Volkswagen and its Chinese joint ventures will recall 4.86 million vehicles in China because of potential issues with Takata air bags, a blow to the carmaker in the world’s largest auto market.

The recall comes after Chinese watchdogs asked the German automaker as well as General Motors and Daimler Mercedes-Benz to recall vehicles with Takata air bags earlier this year.

Official Chinese estimates show that more than 20 million cars in China had air bags made by Takata, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries globally. The air bags have the potential to explode with too much force and spray shrapnel.

The defect led to the biggest recall in automotive history and the eventual bankruptcy of the Japanese auto-parts maker.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said VW China would recall 103,573 vehicles, FAW-Volkswagen 2.35 million vehicles and SAIC Volkswagen 2.4 million vehicles.

Volkswagen said the carmaker and its Chinese partners would provide free air bag replacements on the recalled cars.

— Reuters

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The number of people seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week but still remained elevated as hurricane disruptions affected layoffs for a second week. The Labor Department said applications for jobless benefits dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 last week after surging to 298,000 the previous week, the highest level in two years.

U.S. consumer prices grew 0.4 percent in August as gas and housing costs rose, according to the Labor Department. Prices are up 1.9 percent over the past year. That could show inflation is rising, but it is not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused drilling rigs and refineries to shut down. The pickup will probably assuage Federal Reserve policymakers that prices are stabilizing, a sign of a healthy economy.

— From news services

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