UNEQUAL PAY AT GOOGLE SHORT PAPER

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ISSUE:

An investigation of Google has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, US Department of Labor officials said, a claim that adds to allegations of gender bias in Silicon Valley.

The Labor Department found the gender-pay gap during a routine probe into whether Google, a federal contractor, is complying with laws that prohibit contractors from discriminating against applicants or employees. The department is suing Google to compel the company to disclose more compensation data for its investigation. At a procedural hearing before a federal administrative law judge in San Francisco, Labor Department Regional Director Janette Wipper said the agency “found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce” at Google.

-Use this two longer and more in-depth recent articles about the issue in question. The longer stories you find must be fully cited in your paper and should be used to back up your arguments.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-women-20170407-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/07/google-pay-disparities-women-labor-department-lawsuit

1) Start your paper with a short summary that describes the issue in detail.

2) Address some or all:

-Identify the social problem, political controversy, and/or market failure that is at the root of the issue.

-Why might the public, or a portion of the public, believe that there should be a governmental solution to the issue? Or, is there really a problem at all?

-Is it practical or necessary for government to find a solution to the controversy or problem? If so, who in government would be able to offer a solution? Or, who/what outside of government could offer a solution?

3) Consider proposing your own solution, but be sure to discuss whether it would be practical or realistic.