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DOL lawsuit would force Google to release compensation data

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The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit to require Google to provide pay data and documents relating to employees working at the company’s California headquarters.

The lawsuit stems from a routine EEOC compliance evaluation, but Google has refused to cooperate so far.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs asked Google to submit information in September 2015 about its equal opportunity program. As a federal contractor, Google is required to let the federal government inspect documentation related to the company’s compliance with the equal employment laws administered by OFCCP.

“Like other federal contractors, Google has a legal obligation to provide relevant information requested in the course of a routine compliance evaluation,” said OFCCP Director Thomas M. Dowd. “We filed this lawsuit so we can obtain the information we need to complete our evaluation.”

The OFCCP seeks “snapshot” information on Google employees, including starting salaries, position titles and job levels. A Google statement said it believes the requests are too broad and seek what it considers confidential information.

The lawsuit warns that if Google fails to comply, the DOL will ask the court to cancel all of Google’s current government contracts and debar it from entering into future contracts.

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