One More Equal Pay Law­suit Against Google

The HR Digest - - Drift -

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.

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