Google recently conducted a survey to determine whether or not it was underpaying women and minorities and found that it was paying men less than women for doing similar work, to which it responded by giving out raises to address the unusual gender pay gap.
"Because leveling, performance ratings and promotion impact pay, this year we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees," Lauren Barbato, lead analyst for pay equity, people analytics at Google, commented in a blog post.
The company reportedly gave 10,677 of its employees $9.7m in additional compensation, and men, who account for 69% of Google's workforce, received a higher percentage of the money. The exact number of people compensated remains unclear.
The findings may come as a surprise to many after the tech giant has been heavily criticized for its treatment of female employees in the past. The accusations include unfairly paying men more than women and not dealing with workplace sexual harassment, an issue which culminated in a mass walkout in November 2018 over sexual misconduct claims. Google publicly supported the walkout.
However, the company has faced further criticism for its response, with many accusing the company of not understanding the full breadth of the pay gap issue or addressing equity, for which it has been slammed on Twitter by a number of activists.
it’s 2019. pay inequality isn’t going to be as straightforward to report as asking if people in a level are paid equally and accepting when the company says yes. you need to get smarter about the questions you’re asking and hold people accountable for the gaps in their answers.
— Jackie Luo (@jackiehluo) 4 March 2019