Google agreed to pay US$118 million to settle a long-running pay-equity case, in response to the plaintiffs’ legislation companies Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP.
The gender discrimination swimsuit, Ellis v. Google, had been pending since 2017. The settlement covers round 15,500 girls workers with over 200 job titles in California since September 2013. Based on College of California, Irvine economist David Neumark, the tech large paid girls nearly US$17,000 lower than males with the identical title.
The settlement additionally states that an unbiased third celebration will analyze Google’s job-leveling practices and that an unbiased labor economist will evaluation the corporate’s pay research.
“As a girl who’s spent her whole profession within the tech business, I am optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take as a part of this settlement will guarantee extra fairness for girls,” mentioned plaintiff Holly Pease, who labored at Google for over a decade.
“Google, since its founding, has led the tech business,” Pease continued. “Additionally they have a chance to guide the cost to make sure inclusion and fairness for girls in tech.”
This information comes after Google agreed to pay almost US$3 million final yr, in a settlement with the U.S. Division of Labor — additionally about gender discrimination. The following step for this newest settlement will likely be a listening to date for preliminary settlement approval, which will likely be set by the court docket.