Annoyed Xooglers and Lawyers: A Volatile Mixture

September 15, 2017

Straightaway you will want to read the “real” news story from a “real” newspaper. The write up is “Former Employees Sue Google Alleging Bias against Women in Pay and Promotion.” (The story is online as 5 15 pm Eastern US time on September 14, 2017. Any other time? Who knows? The Guardian, another “real news” outfit jumped on the story as well at this link.)

The main point is in my opinion to help more criticism on the Alphabet Google thing.

I highlighted this passage:

Three female former employees of Alphabet Inc’s Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google is facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into sex bias in pay practices.

Since I am not a woman, I have zero knowledge about what did or did not happen when the GOOG decided what to pay each person. The write up suggests that Google is a throwback because “its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century.”

I think the GOOG is an innovative and progressive outfit. The company creates new products and services using multiple tactics. It is socially progressive because, like Walmart, it allows employees to park their campers in the Google parking lots.

The paragraph which raised my eyebrows was this one:

The department [of labor] last month appealed an administrative judge’s July decision that rejected its request for contact information for more than 20,000 Google employees.

My recollection is that Google is on record with a factual statement revealing that collecting certain employee compensation data is a job that is too difficult.

Why can’t regulators and lawyers trust Alphabet Google the way we do in Harrod’s Creek.

Gathering information about a closed domain of employees is tough. Accept the Google fact. And Google is progressive. Some employees are allowed to live in their trucks, emulating a parking policy of Walmart’s.

Stephen E Arnold, September 15, 2017

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