As reported by Law360, on October 25, 2022, California Superior Court Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng granted final approval to a $118 million settlement of multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of a class of over 15,000 female Google workers accusing the tech giant of engaging in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees. The class includes women who were primarily employed as software engineers at Google in California since 2013.
Filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in 2017 under California’s then-newly-amended Equal Pay law, the Google Gender Discrimination class action broke new ground in tech employment law as it addressed two pernicious and long-standing practices – the under-leveling of women relative to comparable men at hire, and using candidates’ past salary information to determine their pay rate, the latter a process that perpetuated inequity as women on average have historically been paid significantly less than men.
As part of the settlement, Google agreed to compensate class members with a $118 million payout, with the amount of relief paid to each class member to be determined by a calculated formula. Equally important, the settlement mandates that Google accept third-party monitoring in order to ensure equitable treatment of its employees going forward. The settlement also includes measures to facilitate policy and practice changes at Google.
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The Google Gender Discrimination Lawsuit and Settlement
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.