Google realized late last year that it may have been underpaying thousands of temporary workers around the world, but opted to initially change its pay structure only for newly hired temps, according to a pair of reports.
Why it matters: The revelation comes amid growing workplace activism at Google, including the formation of a minority union that advocates for temporary and contract workers along with full-time employees.
Driving the news: The New York Times and The Guardian both reported on Friday, citing internal documents, that Google realized last December that it had been paying contract workers less for certain work than it paid its own employees, a violation of labor laws in various countries.
What they’re saying: “It’s clear that this process has not been handled consistent with the high standards to which we hold ourselves as a company,” Google chief compliance officer Spyro Karetsos said in a statement to the New York Times. “We’re going to figure out what went wrong here, why it happened, and we’re going to make it right.”