Around 60 of Google's present and former female employees are reportedly preparing to sue the tech giant over the company's gender pay gap, The Guardian reports.
The news comes after Google fired James Damore, the employee behind a memo which attacked the company's pro-diversity policies and claimed that the disparity between the number of male and female employees at Google is the result of biological differences between the sexes.
Civil rights attorney James Finberg is working on the potential case, and told the newspaper that the employees he has interviewed are 'concerned that women [at Google] are channeled to levels and positions that pay less than men with similar education and experience.'
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Others mentioned a 'culture that is hostile to women,' which prevents female employees from advancing in the company at the same rate as their male peers.
Back in April, the US Department of Labor claimed it had evidence of 'systemic compensation disparities' between men and women working at Google. Information collated by the government suggested that the company's pay gap is in violation of federal employment laws. The proposed class action lawsuit would build upon this pre-existing case.
According to Finbery, several of the women he has interviewed to date claimed to earn $40,000 less than male colleagues in similar positions.
'It's demoralizing,' one anonymous worker said. 'There's something subconsciously that happens where you do start to question the value that you're adding to the company.'
'After a while, it just became exhausting,' she added.
'I was watching male coworkers progress at a faster rate than myself. It was really disturbing,' said another former Google employee, who worked for the company in UX for two years.
A spokesperson for Google has so far declined to comment on the case, but described the group of 60 as 'a really small sample size.'
'There are always going to be differences in salary based on location, role and performance, but the process is blind to gender,' he said.