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Former Employee Highlighted Pay Inequality at Google by Publishing Company Salaries

How one woman investigated painful disparities inside the enormous company—all with a simple document.

A google nap pod. image via Flickr user Joe Loong.

For many people, Google is the workplace of dreams. A place where you can sit on giant bouncing balls while speculating about immortal robots and eating complimentary Asian fusion cronuts. But for others, including former Google engineer Erica Baker, it’s a place marked by “not great trends,” including potential disparities in pay dependent on gender and ethnicity. Just recently, Baker decided to test her hypothesis, and encouraged everyone to post their salaries to a public document, investigating key inequities in the process.

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What Business Can Learn from the Revolutions

The Egyptian revolution showed how fragile a bad leader can be. Business leaders can learn a couple lessons from the turmoil about constituent needs.

The speed with which regime-toppling revolutions have spread throughout the Arab world has left many observers stunned. How did 18 days of protest in Egypt topple a government that ruled with an iron grip for more than thirty years?

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