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Google sued by female ex-employees over pay discrimination

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 11:16:48-04

Google pays women less than men who are doing similar work, according to a class action-lawsuit.

The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation, ABC News reported. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California.

The investigation uncovered a preliminary finding of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The initial review found women earned less than men in almost every job position.

Google officials say it analysis shows no gender pay gap.

James Finberg of Altshuler Berzon LLP is representing three former employees -- Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri. The three women quit after they felt they would get paid less than their male counterparts.

Ellis said in a statement she wanted to file the suit to “correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google.”

"It is time to stop ignoring these issues in tech,” Ellis said.

Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said the company will review the suit, "but we disagree with the central allegations."

"Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these decisions," Scigliano said.