A picture taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of Google displayed on computers’ screens. (LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 2:46 PM PT – Saturday, May 29, 2021
Several former Google employees have won class-action status to proceed with their gender pay disparity lawsuit. It alleges the tech giant violated the rights of more than 11,000 women by paying men more money for the same job. A San Francisco judge approved the class-action suit on Thursday.
The claim states Google violated California’s Equal Pay Act by paying its female employees an average of $17,000 less a year than their male counterparts. The suit seeks $600 million in damages as well as disparities in the stocks and bonuses paid to male employees over female workers.
Google has denied the claims, saying they believe in equality among employees and claiming that they perform a rigorous pay equity analysis annually.