Google says pay equity study shows men were underpaid

The issue has become a third rail for the tech giant as it faces lawsuits and complaints from employees. Critics say the report doesn’t provide an accurate picture.

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Google hopes its latest internal findings will ease the tension around pay equity.

As part of a national debate over equal access and compensation, Google has been a key target for criticism about workplace discrimination and bias. The company faces a Labor Department investigation over its compensation for female employees. Divisions within the company over the issue were highlighted when employee James Damore sent around a memo blaming biological differences for the disparity in workplace elevation.

Now the company hopes to resolve the issue with transparency—and some surprising findings.

In a blog post, the company says its latest round of inquiries revealed that men—not women—have been underpaid at some position levels.

It wrote:

In 2018, we included 91percent of Googlers in our analysis, the highest percentage to date. We provided $9.7 million in adjustments to a total of 10,677 Googlers.

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