The American giant agrees to pay 118 million dollars to former employees who were paid less than their male counterparts. This should put an end to the legal proceedings.
Officially, Google did not break the law and has nothing to reproach itself for. Unofficially, he will pay 118 million dollars to put an end to a collective complaint accusing him of discriminatory practices against his female employees. The procedure began in 2017 and therefore ends amicably after five years. It must be said that at the end of last month, a California Superior Court judge issued an order in favor of the class action. Google was forced to negotiate.
15,550 former employees concerned
The law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon represented the 15,550 former employees concerned. He discusses this case at length on his blog. For him, it is not a question of isolated situations but of “systemic practices”. Gender discrimination has reportedly permeated the entire company since at least 2013. Not only was Google paying women less than men for equal work. But in addition, women had access to lower positions based on a lower salary in a previous job. This mainly concerned software engineers. This was all against California law.
The sums collected will of course be used to repair the damage suffered by the plaintiffs. But it is also a question of hiring third-party and independent experts who will come to evaluate Google’s internal practices and supervise its efforts and its “sincerity” over the next three years, says the law firm. The Court has yet to approve this preliminary agreement. The hearing is set for June 21.
Last May, when approving the complaint, the law firm made this statement which was not lacking in irony. “This order shows that it would be better for companies to promote fair payment for women than to spend money fighting them in litigation”.
The law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon.