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Department of Labor sues Google over wage data

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Google's Mountain View, California headquarters

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Google, with the company's ability to win government contracts at risk.

The agency is seeking what it calls "routine" information about wages and the company's equal opportunity program.

The agency filed a lawsuit with its Office of Administrative Law Judges to gain access to the information, it announced Wednesday.

Google, as a federal contractor, is required to provide the data as part of a compliance check by the agency's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs OFCCP , according to the Department of Labor.

The inquiry is focused on Google's compliance with equal employment laws, the agency said.

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