Google to pay $118M in gender Class Action lawsuit


Google is obligated to give $118 Million agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by past female employees who argued they were underpaid for comparable jobs.

The legal firms defending the plaintiffs said in a statement that the impacted employees had struck a settlement with Google, pending to initial settlement authorization from a judge. Over the following three years, Google must also allow independent evaluations of its hiring procedures and pay equity research.

Three women accused Google of undercutting female employees in breach of California’s Equal Pay Act in a lawsuit filed in 2017. The plaintiffs sought and were granted class-action status for any and all injured female workers in California last year.

The US Department of Labor also asked Google to send over salary records for its 2014 pay scale for government scrutiny during the same year. Since September 2013, the case has covered 15,500 female employees in California. For 2.5 to 10.5 years, the petitioners employed at Google in various capacities.

The class-action claim is the most recent in a series of lawsuits challenging the Mountain View, California-based company’s pay equity policies. According to a study published by The Guardian last year, Google has been underpaying thousands of workers for years and has sought to hide the problem.

After receiving many complaints alleging harassment of Black female workers, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing initiated an investigation into Google in December.

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