Google will pay $118 million to resolve a gender discrimination class-action complaint involving 15,500 women. Google must also have an outside labor economist assess its recruiting procedures and pay equity studies.
Google will pay $ 118 million to handle a complaint of alleged gender discrimination
google’s treatment of workers has been the target of scrutiny more than once. Last year, Google agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company underpaid female engineers and overlooked Asian job applicants. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is also investigating the company over complaints of potential harassment and discrimination against Black female employees.
Three women filed a complaint in 2017 alleging that the corporation was underpaying female employees in violation of California’s Equal Pay Act, citing a compensation disparity of about $17,000. Google forces women into lower-paying career paths, resulting in lower pay and incentives than their male peers. Last year, the plaintiffs were granted class-action status.
A number of similar lawsuits targeting pay gaps have surfaced within the last decade “As a woman who’s spent her entire career in the tech industry, I’m optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take as part of this settlement will ensure more equity for women,” Holly Pease, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. “Google, since its founding, has led the tech industry. They also have an opportunity to lead the charge to ensure inclusion and equity for women in tech.”
The terms of the settlement still need to be approved by a judge in a hearing that will take place on June 21st. “While we strongly believe in the equity of our policies and practices, after nearly five years of litigation, both sides agreed that resolution of the matter, without any admission or findings, was in the best interest of everyone, and we’re very pleased to reach this agreement,” Google said In a statement to The Verge. The company added that it’s “absolutely committed to paying, hiring and leveling all employees fairly and equally,” and that it makes “upward adjustments” if it finds a pay disparity between male and female employees.
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