Google says it spent $270,000 to close its pay gap

Google's New York office is shown in lower Manhattan on March 5, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Google says after analyzing 89% of its workforce's compensation (not including certain roles and top executives) for 2017, it has spent $270,000 to eliminate pay discrepancies for 228 employees.

Why it matters: Google has been under fire for allegedly underpaying women and people of color. Last year, the Department of Labor sought to obtain additional employee pay data after an audit found evidence of systemic gender-based pay discrepancies. Female former employees are suing the company with similar allegations, though Google has denied all claims.