Gender Discrimination | Google is paying $118 million to settle a class action lawsuit

(New York) Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging the group discriminated against women over pay and rank in California, two law firms said.

Posted at 10:15 p.m

The agreement applies to about 15,500 employees who have worked in California since September 2013, details a press release issued Friday night by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon.

The company also accepted a third-party analysis of its recruitment and compensation practices.

“After nearly five years of litigation, both parties have agreed that resolving the case without admission (of liability) or inference is in everyone’s best interests, and we are very pleased to have reached this agreement,” said a Google executive. Spokesman said in a message to AFP on Sunday.

The lawsuit was filed in a 2017 San Francisco court by former Google employees who allege that the search engine paid women less than men in equivalent positions and that the company’s location assigned them lower tiers than men with equivalent experience and qualifications on their previous salary.

According to the text of the contract made public by the lawyers, Google “denies all allegations in the complaint and claims that (the group) has at all times fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations”.

The deal still has to be approved by a judge.

“We are absolutely committed to paying, hiring and grading all employees fairly and equitably,” the company spokesman said in the Post. “Where we identify differences in the pay on offer, including between men and women, we make upward adjustments to eliminate them before the new pay takes effect and we will continue to do so. »

The search engine had already agreed to pay $3.8 million to the US Department of Labor in 2021 following allegations of discrimination against women and Asians.

Most of this money was to be used to compensate 2,565 women employed by Google in technical positions, as well as nearly 3,000 people, female candidates or candidates of Asian descent, who had not been selected for such positions.

Google then said that the discrimination was discovered during a routine internal analysis and that the company agreed to pay the sum to rectify the situation, while denying it broke the law.

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