Heidi Lamar will never forget the first time she visited one of Google's Children Centers, a child care option for Google employees.
"I just thought they were so beautiful and was really inspired and thought, 'I need to work here one day,' " she said.
So when Google offered Lamar a job, she was over the moon. But her new position didn't come with the pay she had envisioned. Google offered her $19 per hour -- the lowest entry level for a starting teacher there, according to Lamar. At the time, Lamar had four years of experience and a master’s degree.
"They told me that starting salaries were non-negotiable and that all teachers start out at a Level 1," she said.
Lamar said she later found out that wasn’t true. Back in March, Lamar and some of her co-workers got to talking about how much they make. That’s when she said, the only man at the center -- who started at the center around the same time, and had the same job title -- told her he was making a couple of dollars more an hour than she was.