The Recorder has published “5 Bay Area Tech Cases to Watch in 2018,” which listing includes Lieff Cabraser’s case against Google over gender discrimination claims.
“Is it possible to address the gender pay gap via a class action?” asks The Recorder. Widespread media attention has been focused on this lawsuit, which accused the tech giant of engaging in multiple pay and promotion violations against its female employees in California. The case was filed in California state court in San Francisco by Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri, three female former Google professionals, on behalf of themselves and similarly situated current and former female employees. The lawsuit alleges a continuing policy, pattern, and practice on the part of Google of sex discrimination against female employees, with respect to performance evaluations, pay, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment.
According to The Recorder, “Although a state court judge found there wasn’t an ‘ascertainable’ class in an early complaint, plaintiffs have said they plan to show that women are paid less than men for the same work in nearly every job category at Google.”
The case is Ellis v. Google Inc., Case No. CGC-17-561299 (San Francisco Superior Court).
About Kelly Dermody
The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against Google, Microsoft, Sandia National Labs and Goldman Sachs. Her additional case work includes wage suppression claims against technology, healthcare, and academic institutions; overtime and lost pay lawsuits for low-wage workers, I/T professionals, and foreign nationals working for American corporations; and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.