Over 10K Class Members Certified
A California state court judge has agreed to certify a class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination at Google, including in salary and promotions for female employees.
Class Action Certified
In an order issued on Thursday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng certified a Class of 10,800 women who worked for Google as software engineers and other roles over the past eight years.
Judge Cheng also certified an additional subclass of over 6,000 women who were hired by Google before 2017 but were not campus hires.
As per the certification order in the Google pay bias class action lawsuit, the court has found that continuing as a class action is superior. Thus, instead of requiring thousands of putative class members to seek individual claims, this matter may be resolved using common evidence.
The decision to proceed with certification is the latest setback for Google, which has faced accusations that its hiring policies and procedures have resulted in lower compensation for women and fewer possibilities for growth.
The Class Action Lawsuit
In 2017, a group of female Google employees filed a class action lawsuit against the company for pay discrimination.
The plaintiffs claimed that the company discriminated against women in terms of pay and promotions regularly. Consequently, female employees at Google are said to be paid less than male Google employees doing similar work.
To expand, each of the four plaintiffs alleged that they were assigned to lower-paying career opportunities, that male employees with comparable skills were promoted ahead of them, and that they were refused equal compensation and career opportunities while working for Google.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs eventually left Google due to a lack of career growth and opportunities.
Google “No Comment”
While Google declined to comment directly on the pay bias Class Members’ certification, it informed that it profoundly believes in the fairness of its policies and practices.
As per Google’s spokesperson, “If we find any differences in proposed pay, including between men and women, we make upward adjustments to remove them before new compensation goes into effect.”
Editor’s Note on Google Gender Bias Class Action Lawsuit 2021 – Paying Less To Female Workers:
This article is published to inform you of the latest certification of a Class of 10,800 women who worked for Google and an additional subclass of over 6,000 women who were hired by Google before 2017 but were not campus hires.
Case Name & No.: Kelly Ellis, et al. v. Google Inc., Case No. GCG-17-561299, in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of San Francisco
Products/Services: Gender Equality, Women Rights
Allegations: The company discriminated against women in terms of pay and promotions regularly
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