Recently leaked data reviewed by news site Insider has revealed unsettling disparities in pay among Google employees. Here’s the full story.
The Leaked Spreadsheets
The spreadsheets provide a stark view of salaries and bonuses, exposing a significant wage gap between Black and white employees, as well as between men and women.
This contradicts Google’s proclaimed commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy.
The Wage Gap
The data encompassed over 12,000 white-collar Google employees across the United States.
It showed that Black employees at Google earn, on average, over $20,000 less than their white counterparts.
Not Only Blacks Employees
This wage gap also extends to Indigenous and Hispanic employees.
Gender disparities were equally glaring, with women consistently earning less than men in nearly every department.
Some Favored Women
However, an unexpected outlier emerged as women on Google’s sales team were found to earn more than their male counterparts.
Salary Based on Cities
Furthermore, the data revealed that Google’s average “minimum base salary” is notably lower in some of the most expensive areas to live in the United States.
Expensive Areas to Live
In New York City, where the cost of living is notoriously high, the reported average minimum base salary was just $48,000.
Similarly, in the Silicon Valley region, the average minimum base salary was a mere $39,962.
When approached for comment, Google spokesperson Tamani Jayasinghe explained that employees are compensated based on their roles and responsibilities, not their demographic backgrounds.
An Inaccurate Representation
She stated that the leaked spreadsheet contained outdated, self-reported data that had not been verified, dismissing it as an inaccurate representation of compensation within the company.
A Rigorous Pay Equity Analysis
“We run a rigorous pay equity analysis every year to make sure salaries, bonuses, and equity awards are fair,” Jayasinghe said.
Role Based Salary Doesn’t Solve the Discrepancy
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Paying employees based on what they do” still means your Black employees are not being put in leadership positions that make more money. So y’all lost either way.”
Black People Are Still Grossly Abused
Another user added, “I don’t know how anyone with integrity or honesty doesn’t agree that Black people have been and are still grossly abused in this world for the color of their skin.”
A third user commented, “The data is probably cherry-picked. They cry of systemic racism, but liberal companies control most industries.”
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