As reported by Law360, former Google workers represented by Lieff Cabraser who claim the company engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees have urged a California judge to order the tech giant to hand over sexist emails and internal memes created by two unnamed male former employees.
During a telephone hearing, four female ex-workers told San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Y. S. Cheng that the requested materials could serve to reveal a broader “culture of stereotyping women at Google.”
“Plaintiffs are concerned that Google is withholding relevant evidence about widely circulated gender stereotyping at the company. We hope the court orders Google to produce this material promptly,” said Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, who serves as co-counsel for the plaintiffs, to Law360 on Tuesday.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Michelle Lamy, who also serves on the co-counsel team, told Judge Cheng that the two men who created the writings were widely known within Google for expressing and promoting ideas that women aren’t interested in engineering and possess traits that make them less suitable for an engineering career than men
The four female ex-employees hope to represent a class of nearly 11,000 women who worked at Google in California over the past seven years and were primarily employed as software engineers. The plaintiffs have always maintained that the class action is the best way forward, as it will bring justice to employees who otherwise could not afford to sue.
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.