Google expects DoL to believe it’s “too expensive” to comply with gender discrimination inquiries

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If Google has nothing to hide, there’s no good reason for them to grandstand and obstruct the investigation as they have been.

It seems like only a few days ago that we talked about Google attempting to wiggle their way out of an ongoing gender discrimination inquiry from the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL). Their reasoning back then (several days ago) was that they already have their own internal reporting that proves they don’t do the things they’re accused of, and that the DoL should just believe them. Their latest attempt to get out of this inquiry was likely met with the biggest and longest side eye in the history of mankind. Google — one of the most profitable companies in the world — claims that it would be “too expensive” and “too time consuming” to comply with the Department of Labor’s request for historical salary information.

What, might you ask, was the offending amount that would simply ruin the search giant? Approximately 500 hours and $100,000 USD. When compared to Google’s $28 billion / year income, you can guess what the DoL’s response was:

Noting Google’s nearly $28bn annual income as one of the most profitable companies in the US, DoL attorney Ian Eliasoph scoffed at the company’s defense, saying, “Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water.”

I mentioned a few days ago, and I’ll mention again here, if Google has nothing to hide, there’s no good reason for them to grandstand and obstruct the investigation as they have been. These are still alleged infractions at this point, though as an outsider looking in, Google is not making themselves look innocent at all in the way they’ve been attempting to defend themselves. The DoL was also quick to point out that Google has accepted millions of dollars in government contracts as yet another means of pointing out just how silly their “too expensive” defense is.

Other items that Google contends will reduce its ability to comply include the size of the company and its 21,000 employees. They are also resisting giving employee contact information to the DoL claiming that it violates employee privacy. So once again, Google sounds about as convincing as the stereotypical shady used car salesman… “Yeah, you don’t need to talk to the mechanics, this car runs great, trust me!”

Google could likely save everybody involved quite a lot of time any money by simply complying with the DoL requests. Google makes $100,000 USD approximately every 5 seconds (wild guess, they’re pretty loaded) so the cost really should not be that burdensome for them.

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  Source: The Guardian
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