LinkedIn Agrees to Settlement a Gender Wage Discrimination Lawsuit for $1.8 million in unpaid wages

Career networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay hundreds of female workers $1.8 million (approx.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Tuesday that it has reached a settlement agreement with LinkedIn to address allegations of “systemic, gender-based wage discrimination” in which women in comparable positions were paid less than men.

The settlement involves nearly 700 women who worked in technical, product or marketing roles at the company’s offices in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, California from 2015-2017. It covers the period before and after Microsoft’s $26.2 billion (roughly Rs. 2,00,380 billion) acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016.

LinkedIn said in a statement: “While we have agreed to resolve this matter, we do not agree with the government’s allegations; LinkedIn pays and has paid its employees fairly and fairly when comparing similar work.”

The settlement agreement states that LinkedIn has argued that its statistical models do not detect pay differentials. The government said its own analysis found significant wage disparities even after being checked for “legitimate explanatory factors”.

The agency said the case was sparked by a routine evaluation by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Federal laws prohibit discriminatory practices by companies that contract with the federal government.

Last year, Google faced a similar pay differential complaint when California’s civil rights regulator investigated the company’s treatment of black female workers following alleged incidents of harassment and discrimination, according to two people familiar with the matter and emails from the agency that Reuters saw.

Lawyers and analysts with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) had repeatedly interviewed several black women who worked at the Alphabet-owned company about their experiences there, according to documents and sources.

According to the emails, the questions focused on alleged workplace harassment and discrimination. The DFEH declined to comment.

Google said it is focused on “building lasting equity” for its black workers and that 2020 was the busiest year for hiring of so-called “Black+” workers, a term that encompasses people of multiple races.

“Our goal is to ensure that every employee experiences Google as an inclusive workplace,” it said. “We will remain focused on this important work and thoroughly investigate any concerns to ensure our workplace is representative and equitable.” LinkedIn Agrees to Settlement a Gender Wage Discrimination Lawsuit for $1.8 million in unpaid wages

Ryan Sederquist

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