Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will pay 15,500 current and former employees $118 million to settle a five-year-old class action lawsuit.
The plaintiffs in the case represent a wide range of roles within the company, including managers, engineers, sales representatives and at least one preschool teacher.
They accused Google of placing overqualified women in lower-paying positions, denying promotions to women, and generally paying female employees an average of nearly $17,000 less than men.
Google is one of many tech giants that has struggled with labor issues related to compensation, workplace culture, and hiring practices in recent years. Others that have been sued include Uber, Twitter and Microsoft.
In addition to the money, the court ordered Google to use a third-party expert to analyze the company’s HR practices and an independent labor economist will be used to review the tech giant’s pay equity for the three coming years.
The agreement must be certified by a judge to go ahead, a hearing is scheduled for June 21.
The lawsuit was originally filed in September 2017.
Four of the complainants have been publicly named. Lamar (left) was a preschool teacher at Google Children’s Center in Palo Alto, while Holly Pease (right) worked at Google for more than 10 years in many roles, including as senior systems integration manager company and responsible for corporate data.
Kelli Wisuri (left) worked as a Google Brand Evangelist among other sales roles during her 2½ years with the company. Kelly Ellis (right) worked as a software engineer at Google’s Mountain View office for four years from 2010
In May 2021, the case was elevated to a class action lawsuit by a San Francisco judge.
This meant that plaintiffs could be grouped together rather than being forced to sue Google individually.
The plaintiffs accused Google of violating California’s Equal Pay Act.
Four of the plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit, Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri and Heidi Lamar. All previously worked for Google in California.
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs alleged that women were paid about $16,794 less than men in similar roles per year.
Ellis worked as a software engineer at Google’s office in Mountain View for four years beginning in 2010. She was in a senior executive role when she left the company in 2014.
Ellis cited Google’s “sexist culture” as the reason for his departure.
In the lawsuit, Ellis said she was paid as an entry-level engineer when she joined the company despite having four years of experience.
She alleged that a male colleague who graduated from college the same year as her and had less experience was paid more.
In 2018, a A San Francisco judge imposed a restraining order on a Google alumnus entrepreneur who tweeted that Ellis deserved to be raped for suing the company.
Google is one of many tech giants that has struggled with labor issues related to compensation, workplace culture, and hiring practices in recent years.
Kelly Ellis (left), a former Google software engineer who was one of three women to file a lawsuit against the company in September over unequal pay, persuaded a San Francisco court on Wednesday to grant a restraining order against Alex Gulakov (right)
Alex Gulakov tweeted at Ellis on Jan. 2, “You deserve to be raped big worthless c***.” Deep web roofies are easy to find and it’s time to close your c*ckhole.
Ellis alleged that Gulakov harassed her during a phone call on Google Hangouts in which he called her a “feminazi”.
Pease worked at Google for over 10 years in many roles, including as Senior Enterprise Systems Integration Manager and Enterprise Data Manager.
Pease was quoted by her lawyers as saying she is “optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take under this settlement will ensure more fairness for women.”
She tasked Google with leading the charge to “ensure inclusion and equity for women in tech.”
Wisuri worked as a Google Brand Evangelist among other sales roles during her 2½ years with the company. She resigned in 2015.
Lamar was a preschool teacher at the Google Children’s Center in Palo Alto. She was the last person to join the lawsuit, doing so in 2018 after filing her own lawsuit against the company.
Lamar, who holds a master’s degree in education, said in documents she was paid $18.51 an hour while a male colleague without a master’s degree received $21 an hour.
She added, like others in the lawsuit, that during her interview she was asked about her previous salary and received that amount.
The practice of asking potential employees about their previous salary was banned in California in 2018.
According to a statement from the plaintiff’s law firm, Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Berinstein: ‘[The plaintiffs] I believe these programs will help ensure that women are not paid less than their male counterparts who do substantially similar work, and that Google’s contested leveling practices are fair. »
In February 2021, Google was forced to pay more than $3.8 million to female engineers who claimed they were paid less than their male counterparts and for discrimination in hiring Asian women.