Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination. Around 15,500 female employees of the technology group had previously joined a class action lawsuit.
After about 15,500 female employees filed a class action lawsuit against Google, the company has now agreed to pay $118 million for gender discrimination. This comes from a report by the news agency Bloomberg out. Also published Business Wire the details of the court settlement.
In addition to the monetary compensation, an independent expert will also analyze Google’s hiring practices. In addition, labor economists will review Google’s equal pay studies. Settlement supervisors will oversee these actions over the next three years.
Class action lawsuit affects Google employees in 236 positions
As The Verge reported that in 2017 three women had already accused Google of paying female employees less than their male colleagues. The company violated the California Equal Pay Act. There was a wage gap of around $17,000.
The settlement with Google affects female employees in approximately 236 different positions in California, United States. A judge has yet to approve the settlement. A corresponding hearing is scheduled to take place on June 21, 2022.
“As a woman who has spent her entire career in tech, I’m optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take as part of this settlement will ensure greater equality for women,” said Holly Pease, one of the plaintiffs.
Not the first criticism of Google for discrimination
Google has often been the focus of attention due to the unequal treatment of employees. Last year, for example, the search engine giant agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit.
In it, the company was accused of overlooking female engineers and Asian applicants. Google is also being watched for complaints of possible harassment and discrimination against women people of color. In a statement, Google announced that it was pleased to reach an agreement with the plaintiffs.
The group feels absolutely obliged to pay, hire and treat all employees fairly and equally. In addition, Google will adjust salaries in the future if wage differences between male and female salaries should be determined.