Labor Department wants to ban Google from federal contracts, unless they turn over employee data

The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the Internet giant turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees.

The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Office of Administrative Law Judges.

The complaint alleges that Google has repeatedly refused to provide the Labor Department with employee compensation records and other information as part of an audit designed to ensure the Mountain View, Calif., company isn't discriminating against workers based on gender or race.

Google — a unit of Alphabet Inc. — says it provided hundreds of thousands of records in an attempt to comply with the Labor Department's requests but has rebuffed some of the agency's demands, calling them an invasion of employee privacy.

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