On May 27, 2021, a California superior court judge issued an order certifying 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. Filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel Altshuler Berzon under California’s newly amended equal pay law, the Google Gender Discrimination class action is breaking new ground in tech in particular as it seeks to address two pernicious practices – the under-leveling of women relative to comparable men at hire, and using candidates’ past salary information to determine their pay rate, a process thought to perpetuate inequity as women have historically been paid significantly less on average than men.

Members of the class include women who worked at Google in California over the past seven years and who were primarily employed as software engineers.

“This is a significant day for women at Google and in the technology sector, and we are so proud of our brave clients for leading the way,” noted Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, who represents the plaintiffs in the case. “This order shows that it is critical that companies prioritize paying women equitably over spending money fighting them in litigation.”

The former Google workers are represented by Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly M. DermodyAnne B. Shaver, and Michelle Lamy, and co-counsel from Altshuler Berzon LLP.

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.

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