The United States Department of Labor announced on Monday that Google had agreed to pay $ 3.8 million (3.1 million euros) following allegations of discrimination against women and Asians.
Most of this amount will serve to compensate 2,565 women employed by Google in computer engineering positions, as well as some 3,000 female and Asian candidates who were not selected for such positions, the Department of Labor reported.
Google said the discrimination was detected during a routine internal review and that the company agreed to pay compensation to correct the situation, while denying that it violated the law.
“We believe that everyone should be paid according to the work they do and not according to who they are, and we are investing heavily to ensure that our hiring and compensation processes are fair and not distorted, ”said a Google spokeswoman, quoted by the France-Presse news agency (AFP).
The spokeswoman added that Google annually analyzes salary data looking for anomalies, and that the company is willing to resolve any problems of alleged discrimination.
According to the Department of Labor, an assessment revealed wage disparities at Google centers in Sillicon Valley and in the state of Washington in the northwest United States.
“Wage discrimination remains a systemic problem”, the Labor Department said in a statement.
The department also found “differences in hiring rates” for computer engineering positions, indicating that they were unfavorable for female and Asian candidates.
As part of the agreement it accepted, Google will review its hiring and compensation policies, procedures and practices, the Department of Labor said.
The problems detected at Google are part of a larger effort to investigate a culture of gender-based discrimination in the male-dominated technology industries in Sillicon Valley.