August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Three ladies filed a 2017 grievance towards Google alleging gender pay discrimination
  • Google has agreed to permit an unbiased economist to overview its pay fairness data
  • The search engine large has different lawsuits filed towards it earlier this yr

Google has agreed to settle $118 million in a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit that features about 15,500 ladies. The lawsuit stemmed from a grievance involving three ladies who claimed that the corporate underpaid feminine staff.

In a press release launched over the weekend, regulation companies Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP, which characterize the plaintiffs, introduced Google agreed to pay $118 million in a settlement that covers about 15,500 ladies employees “in 236 job titles (lined positions) in California since September 14, 2013.” 

The law firms also said “an independent third party expert will analyze Google’s leveling-at-hire practices and that an independent labor economist will review Google’s pay equity studies” as part of the settlement. An external “Settlement Monitor” will supervise progress on the terms of the agreement “over the next three years.”

A preliminary settlement approval hearing has been set for June 21.

The lawsuit emerged after three women first lodged a complaint in 2017 accusing Google of pay discrimination, the Verge reported. On the time, the ladies – Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri – expressed their curiosity in turning the grievance right into a class-action lawsuit.

The grievance acknowledged that Google “has discriminated and continues to discriminate towards its feminine staff by systematically paying them decrease compensation than Google pays to male staff performing considerably comparable work underneath comparable working situations.”

Google allegedly paid its feminine staff about $17,000 lower than male staff who maintain the identical positions, David Neumark, an economist on the College of California, advised Deadline. 

Earlier in 2017, the Department of Labor sued the internet giant for allegedly withholding compensation data in an anti-discrimination audit. In February final yr, the Division mentioned Google agreed to pay greater than $3.8 million to over 5,500 staff and job candidates as a part of the settlement that goals to “resolve allegations of systemic compensation and hiring discrimination” at its California and Washington amenities.

Google can also be going through different lawsuits, together with one which alleged the search engine supplier “falsely led customers to consider” their location information have been disabled. One other lawsuit within the European Union sought compensation of roughly $2.4 billion over Google’s alleged “infringement of the competitors regulation” for greater than a decade.

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