13 Sept 2021
Google Violating Pay Parity Laws after Underpaying International Shadow Workers
The Index Today
According to reports by the New York Times and the Guardian, Google has violated pay-parity laws in many nations and has been accused of underpaying contract workers. The Tech Corporation failed to address the situation in a timely manner by not compensating the underpaid workers.
Google has managed to correct rates for the new employees to avoid legal or reputational damage. On the other hand, it is possible that the sudden rise of pay for some employees could lead to further suspicion.
Alan Barry, a manager working for Google in Ireland said, “I’m also not keen to invite the charge that we’ve allowed this situation to persist for so long that the correction required is significant.”
According to Pay Parity laws in different countries, companies must pay equitable wages to all employees whether full time or temporary. This law does not exist in the US. Google has over 900 temporary workers in UK, India, Germany and other European countries which enforce the pay-parity law in accordance.
Spyros Karetsos, Google’s chief compliance officer said, “While the team hasn’t increased the comparator rate benchmarks for some years, actual pay rates for temporary staff have increased numerous times in that period. Most temporary staff are paid significantly more than comparator rates.”
The corporation’s temporary and contract workers are significantly more in comparison to full-time employees. This leads to the creation of a shadow-workface which has on numerous occasions formed a union to fight for equal pay and benefits.