Labor Department Accuses Google of Gender Pay Discrimination

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Democratic National Committee (DNC) women host an Equal Pay Day event with a lemonade stand 'where women pay 79 cents per cup and men pay $1 per cup, to highlight the wage gap' on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Molly Riley/AFP/MOLLY RILEY)

The U.S. Department of Labor has accused Google of violating federal employment laws and discriminating against its female employees. In an ongoing investigation, a regional solicitor said last week that the government found "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce." Google has denied the allegations, which come as one San Francisco supervisor has proposed legislation barring employers from asking prospective employees for their salary history. In this hour of Forum, we'll discuss the issue of gender pay discrimination and possible solutions.

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Sam Levin, reporter, Guardian US, former staff writer for the East Bay Express

Kate Bahn, economist, Center for American Progress

Laura Kray, Warren E. and Carol Spieker professor of leadership and director, Women's Executive Leadership Program, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley