1437182639970Ex-Google staffer Erica Baker recently tweeted some interesting accusations towards Google. Baker accused the tech giant of  gender and racial discrimination.

In her tweets, Baker revealed a secret Google spreadsheet that showed the salaries of 5% of Google’s workforce. But the spreadsheet was frowned upon by the higher-ups. But there’s no law against employees discussing their salaries with each other.

After everyone started sharing salaries, Baker noticed salary disparities that differed across gender and race lines.

From NY Post:

Baker was employed by Google for eight years, rising through the ranks from an IT field technician, to an executive support technician, to trial programs manager for Google TV, to corporate operations engineer and, lastly, to site-reliability engineer. But she claims she was also discriminated against in her finals months because management blocked several $150 “peer bonuses” that were intended for her due to her creation of the spreadsheet, while awarding peer bonuses to a white male colleague who was also associated with the spreadsheet.

Major tech companies, including Google, as well as Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. voluntarily released diversity statistics last summer that showed workforces heavily tilted toward men — 70% men in most cases. It was even more lopsided with technical jobs — Twitter, for example, reported a technical staff comprised 90% of men. A mere 2% of Google’s workforce was comprised of black people.

The irony that this information was shared on Ida B. Wells’ birthday is quite interesting. And like Baker stated, Wells would not be pleased with her Google Doodle while discrimination was going on at Google.

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  • PurpNGold1

    Shame on Google. They had an opportunity to be an industry leader as far as equitable pay goes but instead decided to be petty and discriminatory.

    Anyway, Erica is one brave lady! I wish her the best.

  • This story is why people have the right to fight for justice. It is fine to work hard and to be upright in your character. Yet, if we see anything unfair, then we have the right to make that known publicly, so our descendants won’t have to go through what we have to go through. We don’t want anyone to be treated unfairly in their occupations. Pay disparities based on race and gender has been documented by enumerable studies for years. Erica is certainly is courageous in exposing a problem found in Google and in other tech industries nationwide. Race and gender discrimination has no place in any society. She did the right thing in not only showing her story, but making known about an important issue that must be addressed.

    • Noirluv45

      Yes she did, Truth. Not many people are willing to risk their jobs or their necks for anyone other than themselves. To me, it takes a special person to do so.

    • She definitely took a risk and her actions can inspire others to do the same too. I certainly agree with you that she is a Sister who is courageously making known about an issue that must be talked about (so, structural change can happen).

    • Noirluv45

      Agreed, my brotha!

  • *NmySkynn70*

    it’s like when u r in the workplace, u have to fight 5 go 10 times as hard as your whyte counterparts & still have to PROVE yourself, even if u are there on your achievement/merits (education), they think “oh he/she is here because of affirmative action,” they won’t give “us” a break, it’s a shame . . . it’s so easy 4 them . . . yeah this is a big let down, that’s why i use B.I.N.G. as my search engine, take that Google!

  • Wow Erica, you are brave, Bless you. And Google shame on you.

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