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Federal Contract Compliance Sues Google

In an attempt to obtain compensation data, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has filed a lawsuit against Google as part of a routine compliance evaluation.

The OFCCO asked Google to submit information about the company's equal opportunity program and practices in September 2015, but Google has not complied, according to the lawsuit.

As a federal contractor, Google is required to let the government review documents and other relevant information that is related to the company's compliance with equal employment laws.

"Like other federal contractors, Google has a legal obligation to provide relevant information requested in the course of a routine compliance evaluation," OFCCP Acting Director Thomas M. Dowd has said. "Despite many opportunities to produce this information voluntarily, Google has refused to do so. We filed this lawsuit so we can obtain the information we need to complete our evaluation."

If Google does not comply, the OFCCP will likely ask the court to cancel all of Google's current contracts with the government, and also prevent the tech giant from obtaining contracts in the future. Google has publicly stated that it has provided "hundreds of thousands" of records, including information related to compensation, to the OFCCP.

"We're very committed to our affirmative action obligations, and to improving the diversity of our workforce, and have been very vocal about the importance of these issues," a spokesperson for Google has said. "As a federal contractor, we're familiar with our obligations and have worked collaboratively with the OFCCP."

The Google spokesperson went on to say that the real issues lies in the nature of the requests made by the OFCCP, that they "are overbroad in scope, or reveal confidential data, and we've made this clear to the OFCCP, to no avail. These requests include thousands of employees' private contact information, which we safeguard rigorously. We hope to continue working with OFCCP to resolve this matter." 

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