In the United States, Google has agreed to pay $118 million to resolve a class-action gender discrimination case against Google, involving approximately 15,500 women in 236 job categories. Since September 14, 2013, the plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri, and Heidi Lamar have worked at Google in California in a “covered position.”
The gender discrimination class action lawsuit was filed in 2017. Google must also hire an impartial labour economist to assess its recruiting practises and conduct pay equity research.
Over the following three years, an external Settlement Monitor will oversee the post-settlement activity.
Ellis worked in Google’s Mountain View headquarters for four years as a Software Engineer before leaving with the rank of Senior Manager. Wisuri worked for Google for around 2.5 years at its Mountain View headquarters in different positions, while Pease worked for Google for nearly 10.5 years in both Mountain View and Sunnyvale, holding multiple technical leadership responsibilities.
Plaintiff Lamar worked at Google’s Children Center in Palo Alto for four years as a Preschool Teacher and Infant/Toddler Teacher.
The court will now schedule a hearing for preliminary settlement approval, after which the third-party administrator will notify class members.