Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Google Refuses Transparency on Gender Pay Gap Amidst Dept. of Labor Accusations - ADVOCATE

by  TRACY E. GILCHRIST
Originally published: April 16, 2017
Publisher: Advocate.com 

On the heels of Donald Trump rolling back a President Barack Obama-era order that called for protections for women in the workplace, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is pushing back on a proposal from shareholders to provide transparency about whether or not the company has a gender pay gap issue, according to Buzzfeed. 

It’s the second year in a row that Google's parent company has opposed evaluating the question of a gender pay gap, even as other tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon have all released reports that determined that women were paid approximately 99.5 cents or more for every dollar men make. While those numbers are promising and a move in the right direction, they also don’t address issues including primarily male workforces and leadership roles that go most frequently to male employees, according to Buzzfeed. But Google hasn't provided any information. 

A spokesperson for Arjuna Capital, the investment firm pushing for transparency on the question of a gender pay gap at Google, spoke about the company’s frustration with Alphabet’s refusal to disclose details of employee pay in terms of gender equity.