Google has refuted claims that it systematically underpays female employees by reiterating its gender "blind" approach to remuneration calculations.
In a blogpost on Tuesday by Google's vice-president of people operations, Eileen Naughton highlighted the technology giant's commitment to "extremely scientific and robust" annual analyses to help calculate fair salaries. The model, first outlined last year, takes into account role, job level, job location and performance ratings, but is blind to gender - and, as of recently, race.
The comments come days after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) alleges that the company allows "systematic compensation disparities against women". In a court hearing held Friday, DOL Regional Director Janette Wipper said the agency had received "compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters."
Naughton said the company had been "taken aback" by the allegations, prompting it to reiterate its salary analysis system.