As reported by Law360 (subscription), on July 22, 2020 in California superior court, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel Altshuler Berzon moved to certify a class of nearly 11,000 former female Google workers who allege the tech giant engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees in California, at times paying women thousands of dollars less than their male counterparts.
Law360 notes that Google’s gender pay gap stems from the company’s now-retired practice of using candidates past salary information to determine their pay rate, a process thought to perpetuate inequity as women historically have been paid less on average than men.
The women seeking class representation in the lawsuit worked at Google in California over the past seven years and were primarily employed as software engineers. According to attorneys for the plaintiffs, the class action is the best way forward, as it will bring justice to employees who otherwise could not afford to sue.
The case is Ellis v. Google Inc., Case No. CGC-17-561299 (San Francisco Superior Court).
You can learn more about the Google Gender Discrimination lawsuit and the legal rights of women who feel they have been harmed by gender discrimination by visiting www.googlegendercase.com.