That tired anti-male “income inequality” argument that has provided fuel to movement liberals and feminists could soon be forced to confront the reality of changing times.
According to the stunning results from a corporate pay study, none other than Silicon Valley colossus Google was found that in many cases, that male employees were lagging behind their female colleagues for the performance of similar jobs.
The corporation’s “pay equity analysis” could be the proverbial fly in the ointment to a good chunk of 2020 Democrats’ platform given the importance that the party has placed on stirring up gender resentment as motivation to get women to the polls.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 4, 2019
Via The Daily Caller, “Google’s Annual Pay Equity Analysis Finds More Men Than Women Were Underpaid In 2018”:
Google’s 2018 “pay equity analysis” published Monday compares the salaries of its employees and found that men were underpaid in relation to women last year.
“Compensation should be based on what you do, not who you are,” the study begins, but the New York Times highlighted the fact that the study explains how Google provided $9.7 million in “adjustments” to 10,677 employees. Men account for roughly 69 percent of the employees at the tech giant, but the number of men who make up the 10,677 total is unclear.
The study admits that lower-level software engineer “men were flagged for adjustments because they received less discretionary funds,” or funds that are not designated for a specific purpose and can be used later, “than women.”
The 2018 analysis also includes a “new hire analysis” to mark discrepancies in offers to recently hired, which accounted for 49 percent of the total $9.7 million adjustment amount.
Google has come under investigation in the past for gender pay inequality. The U.S. Department of Labor in 2017 sued Google for refusing to turn over documents and compensation data for an obligatory anti-discrimination audit. At a later 2017 hearing, DoL director Janette Wipper accused the tech giant of “systemic compensation disparities” by paying its male employees more than their female counterparts.
The irony that Google was already facing litigation claiming that it underpays females is delicious.
In 2018, Google was underpaying men –– mostly in a group of software engineers –– for doing similar work as women, the company's annual pay equity analysis found.https://t.co/6BhBaBF42V
— NPR (@NPR) March 5, 2019
Additional information with a left perspective according to NPR which predictably ties to minimize the stunning impact of the study with the caveat that it was largely confined to a certain group of employees.
When Google conducted its annual pay equity analysis for 2018, the tech company found something nobody expected: It was underpaying men for doing similar work as women.
The underpayment — which flips the typical gender pay gap narrative on its head — mostly applied to one group of software engineers. The company emphasized in a blog post that despite this pay discrepancy, deeper structural issues can continue to lead to pay disparities between men and women.
To standardize compensation between genders within the group, Google disbursed almost $10 million to more than 10,000 employees. (Though it did not say how much of the money went to men.)
“Our pay equity analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location and performance. But we know that’s only part of the story,” wrote Lauren Barbato, Google’s lead analyst for pay equity. “Because leveling, performance ratings, and promotion impact pay, this year, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees.”
It’s unlikely that anyone will be crying foul over this study which is the proverbial canary in the coal mine.
It is entirely possible that this trend will not only continue at Google but will spread nationwide as spineless corporate types have been cowed by the fear of the #MeToo movement and are terrified at being called mean things on Twitter.