Google is being hit with a lawsuit from three of its former employees over an alleged gender pay gap.
The lawsuit comes from three females that were previously employees at the Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL) company. These employees are Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri. Their lawsuit was filed on Thursday. James Finberg, the lawyer behind the lawsuit, is attempting to make it a class-action one.
The lawsuit against Google is seeking lost wages from the tech company and a portion of its profits. It was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court. Google says that it is willing to look into the lawsuit’s claims, but that it disagrees with the main allegations that are made.
Ellis quit her Job at Google back in 2014. She says that reason for her departure was that a man of similar experience was given a better paying jobs than her and she was denied a promotion. The other women in the lawsuit also allegedly quit after similar experiences, reports The Chicago Tribune.
Google has also been the target of investigations into its pay practices. This includes one from the U.S. government and the New York Times. These investigations show that women at the company earn less than men in every field.
Google argues against these investigations and claims they don’t show everything there is to know. This includes not showing that higher pay goes to those in higher positions, and that it pays different based on where its employees are located. GOOG’s own report says that women make 99.7 cents for every dollar a man earns at the company.
As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.