Judge sides with Google in its battle with the Labor Department over employee compensate data


On Friday, an executive law judge handed Google a victory, statute that it does not need to palm over all the information requested by the Department of Labor as partial of an examination of the company’s correspondence with equal compensate laws.

The decision by Judge Steven Berlin pronounced that a direct for information about Google employees done by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a Department of Labor agency, is “over-broad, forward on employee privacy, unduly burdensome, and scantily focused on receiving the applicable information.”

The ask was done in Sep 2015 as partial of an examination by the OFCCP (Google is a sovereign contractor, so it is compulsory to let the supervision examination information that is applicable to its correspondence with equal practice laws). Google did not approve and in an try to force it to recover the data, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the tech hulk at the finish of last year.

During the litigation, as the OFCCP and Google battled over just how much information the company was compelled to palm over, a Department of Labor declare claimed that there are “systemic” gender-related disparities in remuneration practices associated to income negotiations.

In April, Department of Labor Regional Director Janette Wipper testified that “we found systemic remuneration disparities against women flattering much opposite the whole workforce.”

Berlin wrote in his decision that the OFCCP was incompetent to infer that claim: “Despite having several investigators talk some-more than 20 Google executives and managers over two days and having reviewed over a million compensation-related information points and many hundreds of thousands of documents, OFCCP offering zero convincing or arguable to show that its conjecture about negotiating starting salaries is formed in the Google context on anything some-more than speculation.”

In a blog post, Eileen Naughton, clamp boss of people operations at Google, pronounced that Google has complied with past OFCCP audits. For this sold one, the company “provided some-more than 329,000 papers and some-more than 1.7 million information points, including minute remuneration information, in response to OFCCP’s 18 opposite information requests.”

But Google “reached an impasse” when the OFCPP asked for 15 years of employee remuneration and other pursuit information, as good as what Naughton describes as “extensive personal employee information and hit information for some-more than 25,000 employees.”

“We were endangered that these requests went over the range of what was applicable to this specific audit, and posed nonessential risks to employees’ privacy,” Naughton said.

If the Department of Labor doesn’t file an interest and Berlin’s recommendation is finalized, Naughton pronounced Google will approve with the rest of the sequence and yield “the some-more singular information set” authorized by the judge, which includes hit information for up to 8,000 employees.

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