Google agrees to pay $118 million to settle sex discrimination lawsuit
Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit in the United States that includes nearly 15,500 women in 236 job titles.
Plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri and Heidi Lamar had worked for Google in California in a “covered position” since September 14, 2013.
The sex discrimination class action lawsuit was filed in 2017.
Google is also required to have an independent labor economist to assess its hiring practices and pay equity studies.
“In addition to the financial relief, the settlement provides for an independent third-party expert to analyze Google’s hiring leveling practices and an independent labor economist to review Google’s pay equity studies,” they said. the plaintiffs’ law firms said in a statement.
Post-settlement work will be overseen by an external settlement controller over the next three years.
The lawsuit challenged Google’s compensation and leveling processes, and the plaintiffs believe that these programs “will help ensure that women are not paid less than their male counterparts who perform substantially similar work, and that leveling practices challenged by Google are fair”.
Ellis worked as a software engineer at Google’s office in Mountain View for about four years, leaving the company with the title of senior manager.
While Pease worked for Google for about 10.5 years, in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, holding numerous technical leadership positions, Wisuri worked for Google for about 2.5 years in its Mountain View office in various roles.
Plaintiff Lamar worked as a preschool teacher and infant/toddler teacher at Google’s Palo Alto Children’s Center for approximately four years.
“As a woman who has spent her entire career in the tech industry, I am optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take under this settlement will ensure more fairness for women,” said Pease.
The court will now set a hearing date for the preliminary settlement approval, which, if approved, will result in the third-party administrator sending notice to class members.
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