Technology giant Google is being sued by the Department of Labor over accusations that the company systematically underpays women for the same work as men.
Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director, made the claims during a court hearing in San Francisco on Friday, according to the Guardian.
"We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," she said.
Further, Labor department regional solicitor, Janet Herold added, according to the Guardian:
The investigation is not complete, but at this point the department has received compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters.
The government’s analysis at this point indicates that discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry.
Google vehemently denied any wrongdoing in a statement.
"Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap," they said.
But for years, there has been a problem with Silicon Valley's hiring practices, considering that a large portion of tech company employees are white and Asian men. According to the Associated Press, just one-third of Google's employees are women. Even then, just 19 percent of the overall workforce consists of women in technology roles.
More from the AP:
The Labor Department's probe evolved from a lawsuit filed in January seeking to bar Google doing business with the federal government unless the company complied with an audit of its employee-compensation records. Google has said it has turned over some of the requested records, but withheld other information that it believes would invade its workers' privacy.
While Google and its peers have been disclosing embarrassing sexual and racial imbalances in their workforces for the past few years, the technology industry so far has kept its compensation practices a closely guarded secret.
The Labor Department is now scrutinizing Silicon Valley for patterns of pay and hiring discrimination under its powers to vet companies that bid for lucrative government contracts. Earlier this year, the Labor Department also sued Oracle, alleging that the business software maker routinely pays white male workers more than their female and non-white counterparts for comparable jobs.
The allegations come just days after national "Equal Pay Day," a day where companies and activists nationwide gathered to fight the alleged pay gay between men and women.
In addition, the company added on its famous homepage under the Google search bar: "Google supports equal pay."
That, however, might be false if the government's allegations prove correct.