Ina Fried Apr 7
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Google denies it has a gender pay gap even as Labor Department insists it does

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Google is engaged in a bitter dispute with the U.S. Labor Department over allegations that the Internet giant pays its female employees less than their male counterparts

"We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," Labor Department regional director Janette Wipper testified in court on Friday, according to a Guardian report.

Google denies it pays women any less than men and challenged the Labor Department to provide evidence to the contrary.

"We vehemently disagree with Ms. Wipper's claim," the company said in a statement. "Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap. Other than making an unfounded statement which we heard for the first time in court, the (Labor Department) hasn't provided any data, or shared its methodology."

The Labor Department sued Google in January, seeking access to employee records and pay documentation. Google, for its part, has maintained the government has given no justification for its effort to get the contact information and other records for thousands of employees.

On Tuesday, which was Equal Pay Day, Google tweeted that it had completely closed the gender pay gap globally and also eliminated an race-based pay disparity in the U.S.

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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

Haley Britzky 10 hours ago
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Former Playmate alleges Trump tried to pay her after sex

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal detailed her relationship with President Trump — which he has denied — in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, including the first time she met Melania and how he tried to pay her after the first time they had sex.

The details: The alleged affair took place while he was married to Melania and shortly after his youngest son was born. McDougal said they met while the Apprentice was filming at the Playboy mansion, and began seeing each other "quite frequently." She told Cooper that Trump told her he loved her "all the time," and that there "was a real relationship there."