One More Equal Pay Lawsuit Against Google
Google, Inc. is embroiled in lawsuit that alleges systemic discrimination in pay against women. Three former female employees have filed a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the California Equal Pay Act, among other state laws, on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated current and former female Google employees in California. The three women claim they resigned from Google because of the widespread compensation disparities and lack of opportunities for advancement for women.
According to the plaintiffs, when they first began working for Google, they and other women were initially placed at lower levels than their male counterparts with the same level of experience. Other women were placed at lower steps on the ladder, which led to lower compensation and lesser earning potential than their male counterparts.
The claimants are seeking payment of unpaid wages, a 10 percent interest on the due wages, as well as liquidated damages. The State of California requires employers to pay the same wages to male and female workers and workers of different ethnicities or races who perform substantially similar work. The potential costs to an employer increase when employees succeed in equal pay lawsuits. Given Google’s thousands of employees, the number of plaintiffs and potential damages are significant.
The State of California continues to push the wage equality bill. Pending legislation 9AB 1209) would require employers to disclose gender wage differentials for high level employees and board members by job classification or title. Pending legislation (AB 168) would prohibit employees from seeking or
relying on salary history information concerning applicants. California governor Jerry Brown has until October 15, 2017, to sign or veto these measures.