US Department of Labor sues Google over compensation data

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us department of labor sues google over compensation data

The US Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the company failed to provide compensation data as part of an anti-discrimination audit.

The (OFCCP) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said that it had asked for the data about the company's equal opportunity program back in September 2015, Google failed to submit it despite many opportunities.

The data requested asked for job and salary history of employees as of Sept. 1, 2014 and 2015, as well as the names and their contact information of the employees, the US Department of Labor said in the suit that was filed with its Office of Administrative Law Judges. The department added that it is requesting this data as part of its efforts to make sure there is no employment discrimination by its contractors and subcontractors.

Google, as a federal contractor, should agree to permit the federal government to inspect and copy records and information relevant to its agreement with the equal employment laws administered under OFCCP.

If Google fails to provide the required data, the department in its suit is asking the court to order the California based company’s federal contracts canceled and to restrict Google from participating in future federal contracts until it provides the requested information.

In an official statement, Google said that it had provided hundreds of thousands of data records in 2016, however it refused to reveal the private information of its employees to the government.

The handful of OFCCP requests that subject to the complaint are overbroad in scope, or reveal confidential data of employees, and the company has refused to avail any such data OFCCP.

Such audits can often investigate evidence that leads to larger anti-discrimination suits. In September 2016, Palantir was sued by the US Department of Labor for discriminating against job applicants with Asian Descent. Palantir has denied all such allegations.