Recode: Twitter CMO Leslie Berland is also taking over human resources as the new ‘Head of People’. “Twitter has found someone to take over its top human resources role that’s been empty for almost six months: Leslie Berland, who is already in the building as Twitter’s CMO and head of communications.” I’m sure she’s a great person, but Twitter has – what? over 3000 people? – and she’s going to be the head of HR and marketing?
The Guardian: More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap. “More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination.”
I do not want to turn ResearchBuzz solely into an outlet for reporting on this story/controversy/whatever you want to call it. But it has with disquieting suddenness blown up into a massive issue for Google and I think its context is important for understanding the company right now.
Washington Post: Shareholders of Google’s parent company squash plan to disclose its gender pay data. “For the second year in a row, shareholders of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, voted down a proposal asking the tech giant to publish a report on possible pay disparities between its male and female employees. The vote comes at a time when the company is grappling with a federal lawsuit tied to this very issue and as the tech industry faces heightened scrutiny over gender pay, a lack of diversity and dysfunctional work environments.”
Times of Israel: Google ranked best place to work in Israel. “The internet behemoth, which has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa, surpassed the Israel Electric Corporation, which had topped the list for the past four years but dropped to number two.”
The Guardian: Facebook: leaking info about gender bias damages our ‘recruiting brand’. “Facebook is disputing a former employee’s analysis that female engineers have their code rejected 35% more than male engineers, telling employees internally that leaking such information damages its ‘recruiting brand’ and makes it harder for the company to hire women.” Good grief.
NCSU: The Brave New World of Social Media Screening for New Hires. “As social media has proliferated, employers have increasingly been using online information to evaluate job candidates. Recent survey data suggest that 43 percent of organizations screen job candidates by using social media or online search engines. In some cases, employers require that applicants provide passwords to their social media profiles to allow for easier viewing. Despite the increasing use of these hiring practices, relatively little is known about them. What kinds of information are recruiters looking for and where do they look for it? What kinds of guidelines do they follow to protect the privacy of job applicants and to guard against bias?”
Engadget: Google says its own analysis shows ‘no gender pay gap’. “In a new post on pay equity, Google VP Eileen Naughton says the company was ‘taken aback’ by the US Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) accusation that it paid women less than men, especially since the regulator gave no data to back up the claim. To counter it, the company supplied its own study that it called ‘extremely scientific and robust,’ showing that women and men are paid equally at the firm with a 95 percent confidence rating.” What else are they going to say?