A group of four lead plaintiffs was granted class-action lawsuit status against Google by a San Francisco state judge in May.
The Case Against Google
The plaintiffs will represent 10,800 women in their accusations of Google paying women less than men in the same or similar positions. The women state the pay gap averages more than $16,000 in salary as well as smaller bonuses and less stock.
The women cited research and analysis by University of California economist David Neumark when making their case.
Google, in its failed attempt to persuade the judge to block the lawsuit’s obtaining class-action status, stated that it conducts regular salary analysis. When the analysis shows a pay gap, Google adjusts wages upward, a spokesperson said.
The internet-technology company argued that it has done such analysis and adjustment since 2013. The goal of the analysis, Google said, was to ensure that salaries, bonuses, and equity are fair for all employees. The company cited that more than 2,300 employees were paid more last year alone.
Judge Certifies Class-Action Status
However, the judge sided with the thousands of women and awarded the case class-action status.
The certification of the class-action lawsuit is a major win for the nearly 11,000 women. Kelly Dermody, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said in an email, “This is a significant day for women at Google and in the technology sector.”
The lawsuit seeks more than $600 million in damages from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. The women can claim that amount of damages due to California’s Equal Pay Act.
California’s Equal Pay Act
One of the strongest statements of its kind, the Equal Pay Act states that employers must pay employees who perform “substantially similar work” equal compensation. The plaintiffs argue that Google violated this standard.
Dermody said that this case’s receipt of class action status means that “it is critical that companies prioritize paying women equitably over spending money fighting them in litigation.”
The next step in this new class action lawsuit is to get the case to trial. Dermody hopes that can begin in 2022.
If you are a woman and an employee of Google, you may be eligible to join this class-action suit. To discuss your case with a California-based attorney, contact the Workplace Rights Law Group.
CALIFORNIA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
When a group of employees shares a common complaint against their employer, they can seek a class-action lawsuit. In California, class-action lawsuits hold employers accountable for wrongful actions against their workforce, protecting future employees from harm and compensating past or current employees.
At the Workplace Rights Law Group, our California class action lawsuit attorneys passionately advocate for California workers.
With nearly 100 years of combined experience in employment law and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we know how to take on large companies like Google.
If you are a current or former employee of Google and want to join the class action lawsuit, give one of our California class-action lawsuit attorneys a call at 818-446-1045 for a free case review.