The digital giant has been facing a complaint since 2017. It is accused of having practiced wage inequality between its male and female employees.
Google will pay more than 112 million euros (118 million dollars) to 15,500 women employees to solve the wage inequalities of which the company is accused. The case began in 2017 in California, when four women, former employees, signed a complaint against Google.
They then accuse the company of not respecting the law on equal pay for women and men provided for by the State of California: they mention a salary difference of more than 16,000 euros (17,000 dollars) per year.
The money disbursed is intended to compensate employees – here, 15,500 women who have worked for the company in California since September 2013 – who have been potentially harmed by the company’s practices deemed to be discriminatory.
Pay inequality is not the only blame given to the company. According to the American media The Verge, the company would also have assigned women to lower positions than men with similar experiences and qualifications, also giving them reduced bonuses compared to their male colleagues.
The case heard on June 21
The women behind the suit won the trial in 2021, but the exact terms are yet to be detailed. They must be validated before a judge on June 21.
“As a woman who has spent her entire career in the tech industry, I believe the terms Google agreed to resolve this case will ensure more equality for women. Since its inception, Google has been a leader in the technology industry. This company has the opportunity to be an example of inclusiveness and equality,” Holly Pease, one of the employees behind the complaint, said in a statement.
In addition, Google complied with the request to use the services of a third-party company to assess its practices and policies in terms of equality. The company has agreed to the negotiation, but denies “all allegations in the complaint and confirms that the group has recovered in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times,” it said in a statement. message translated to our colleagues at AFP.
This is not the first time the company has faced such accusations. In 2021, she had paid 3.6 million euros (3.8 million dollars) for accusations of discrimination against women and people of Asian origin.
Class action lawsuits against digital companies have been on the rise in recent years, due to many female employees speaking out against inequalities, which are quite common in the sector.