The U.S. Labor Department is attempting to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless it turns over confidential information about its employees. This potential prohibition is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit that was filed with the Office of Administrative Law Judges on Wednesday.
Google may lose federal government contracts
The Labor Department alleges in its lawsuit that Google has refused to provide records of employee compensation and other information as part of an audit that is designed to make sure the search giant is not discriminating against workers based on race or gender.
Under decades-old laws regulating U.S. government contractors, the review of how the search giant pays the thousands of its employees at its California headquarters is allowed, notes ABC News.
The Labor Department wants a legal order that would block all future deals and void all of Google’s current federal government contracts if the tech company does not comply with its demands.
In a statement, the search giant said it had provided hundreds of thousands of records in an attempt to comply with the Labor Department’s requests. However, the tech giant also rebuffed some of the agency’s demands as “overboard” and an invasion of its employees’ privacy, notes ABC News.