The allegation surfaced several years ago in a routine compliance audit because Google was a US government technology supplier.
The United States Department of Labor said on Monday that Alphabet Inc.’s Google would spend $ 2.6m in back pay, including $ 3.8m, to allege that it reduces women and job openings for women and Asians. People have been unfairly passed on.
The allegations stemmed from a routine compliance audit several years ago, according to Google’s position as a supplier of technology to the US federal government.
Google said it was pleased to resolve the matter.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found an “early indicator” that from 2014 to 2017, Google had defeated 2,783 women in its software engineering group in Mountain View, California and the Seattle area.
Investigators found differences in hiring rates for disadvantaged women and Asian candidates for software engineering roles in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, California, and Kirkland, Washington, during the year ended August 31, 2017.
The settlement includes $ 2.6m in back pay to 5,500 employees and job candidates and calls Google to review hiring and salary practices.
According to the settlement, Google will pay $ 1.25m for salary adjustments for engineers in Mountain View, Kirkland, Seattle and New York over the next five years. Any unused funds will be spent on diversity efforts at Google.
The company already conducts annual salary audits, but like other large technology companies, it is under public scrutiny for a workforce that does not reflect the country’s makeup in terms of race and gender.
The company said in a statement: “We believe that everyone should be paid based on the work they do, not who they are, and the huge investment to make our recruitment and compensation processes fair and impartial. We do.”
The news of the dispute comes around the news of a controversy surrounding the exit of Timnit Gabru, a researcher in a storm of controversies.
Gabaru is known to show how facial recognition algorithms are better at identifying whites than black people. She It has said that it was fired after the company demanded that the research paper of a co-author questioning AI technology be at the heart of Google’s search engine. The company said it resigned.