Washington, September 15: Internet Giant Google was sued for allegedly paying less to its former female employees in California. Three female workers working as software engineer, communications specialist and manager in their plea alleged, “Google pays women in California less than men who perform similar work and assigns female workers jobs that are less likely to lead to promotions”. However, the company made no statement after case.

The plea argued it discriminated in giving promotions too. The lawyer for the employees was quoted by Fortune as saying, “While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century.”

Google is facing the probe from the US Department of Labour into its pay practices. However, the company was criticised for increasing diversity in its workforce too.

James Damore — the engineer who was fired by the company over a memo criticising its’s diversity efforts — said that the tech giant was discriminating in hiring practices.

Damore was quoted by CNBC as saying that Google was “treating people differently based on race or gender. The company is pressing individual managers to increase diversity and is using race or gender to decide which workers are promoted and which teams job candidates are placed on.” He also said that he was “pursuing legal remedies” against the company over his firing.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for women on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California, after Damore’s manifesto claimed that “the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes”. Infuriated by the manifesto, Pichai said, “There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you.”

(With inputs from IANS)