Judge: Govt. asked Google for too much data in gender case

July 17, 2017
In this Thursday, April 12, 2012, file photo, a Google logo is displayed at the headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. On Friday, July 14, 2017, an administrative law judge ruled that Labor Department officials investigating gender pay bias had asked Google for data in a way that's too broad and intrusive on employee privacy. Google must still provide data, including contact information, on 8,000 employees, just not data on the more than 25,000 workers originally sought. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

An administrative law judge has ruled that Labor Department officials investigating gender pay bias had asked Google for data in a way that's too broad and intrusive on employee privacy.

Google must still provide data, including contact information, on 8,000 employees—just not data on the more than 25,000 workers originally sought.

At issue is whether Google pays women less than men. The Labor Department said in April that it found "systemic compensation disparities." But Google denied the charges, saying it conducts to ensure that its pay practices are gender-blind.

The decision, issued on Friday, is preliminary. The Labor Department can file objections before it becomes final. The ruling doesn't yet decide, either way, whether Google discriminated.

Explore further: Google refutes charges, says there is no gender pay gap

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