Google accused of underpaying women
Google has been accused of discriminating against its female employees, the Guardian reports.
The US Department of Labor alleges female Google staff are paid less compared to their male colleagues across the entire company.
The department's regional solicitor, Janet Herold, told the UK newspaper that the agency received "compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters".
Google has strongly denied the claims and questioned the department's collation of its data.
* Bias against women accounts for 80 per cent of gender pay gap
* Firms must prove equal pay
* Women still paid less than men around the board table
* Female journalists paid 26 per cent less - survey
"Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap," Google said in a statement.
The tech giant also took to Twitter to defend itself.
These allegations come after the department sued Google in January over accusations the internet company had not handed over information for an employee pay audit.
Google claimed it withheld the information for privacy reasons. However, Google is a federal contractor, which compels the company to allow the government agency to inspect its records.
But on Friday the department asked a San Francisco court to order Google to turn over its employee pay audit to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
The Independent reported that OFCCP has argued that disclosing the information does not hinder Google's business.
Only a third of Google's 70,000 employees are women.
In January, the government agency also sued Oracle, another tech company, over pay discrimination against females and non-white employees.