Google is set to pay $118 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit that includes about 15,500 women (via Bloomberg). As noted in the settlement’s press release, Google is also required to have an independent labor economist evaluate its hiring practices and pay equity studies.
The lawsuit first emerged in 2017 after three women filed a lawsuit accusing the company of underpaying female workers in violation of California’s equal pay law, citing a pay gap of about 17,000 $. The complaint also alleges that Google locks women into inferior careers, resulting in lower salaries and bonuses compared to their male counterparts. The plaintiffs were granted class action status last year.
Google’s treatment of workers has come under scrutiny more than once. Last year, Google agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company was underpaying female engineers and neglecting Asian applicants. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is also investigating the company regarding complaints of potential harassment and discrimination against black female employees.
“As a woman who has spent her entire career in the tech industry, I am optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take in this settlement will ensure more fairness for women,” said Holly. Pease, a plaintiff in the case. A declaration. “Google, since its inception, has led the tech industry. They also have the opportunity to lead the charge to ensure the inclusion and equity of women in tech.”
The terms of the settlement still need to be approved by a judge at a hearing on June 21. “While we strongly believe in the fairness of our policies and practices, after nearly five years of litigation, both parties have agreed that resolving the matter, without any admission or finding, is in everyone’s best interests. , and we are very pleased to reach this agreement,” Google said in a statement to The edge. The company added that it is “absolutely committed to paying, hiring and leveling all employees fairly and equally,” and that it makes “upward adjustments” if it finds a pay disparity between men. and women.
A number of similar lawsuits targeting pay gaps have surfaced over the past decade, as sex discrimination class action lawsuits against Microsoft and Twitter have failed to gain traction. Oracle is also facing a class action lawsuit alleging unequal pay, but according to Bloomberg Law, the women’s group suing the company will likely lose class action status after a judge said a group of 3,000 employees and 125 job classifications would be “unmanageable to proceed with a trial”. Other tech companies, like Apple and Riot Games, have also been accused of unequal pay.
Updated June 12 at 12:39 p.m. ET: Update to add statement from Google.