Google has agreed to pay 112 million euros to settle a class action lawsuit that accuses the group of discriminating against women in pay and rank in California, according to two law firms.
The agreement affects approximately 15,500 employees who have worked in California since September 2013, details a press release published by Lieff Cabraser Heimann.
The company has also agreed to an analysis of its hiring and compensation practices by third parties.
“After nearly five years of litigation, both parties have agreed that settling the case, without admitting any liability or finding, is in everyone’s best interest, and we are very pleased to have reached this settlement,” said a Google spokesperson.
The complaint was filed in 2017 in a San Francisco court by former Google employees who claimed that the search engine paid women less than men in equivalent positions and assigned them to lower levels than men with equivalent experiences and qualifications. because the company was headquartered. on their previous salaries.
According to the settlement text, Google “denies all allegations in the complaint and maintains that it has fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times.”
The agreement must still be approved by a judge. “We are absolutely committed to paying, hiring and leveling all employees in a fair and equitable manner,” his spokesman said.
“If we find any differences in the salary offered, even between men and women, we will make upward adjustments to eliminate them before the new salary takes effect, and we will continue to do so.”
The search engine had already agreed in 2021 to pay 3.6 million euros to the US Department of Labor after accusations of discrimination against women and Asians.
Most of this money would go to compensate 2,565 women employed by Google in engineering positions, as well as about 3,000 people, candidates or candidates of Asian origin, who had not been chosen for said positions.
Google then said that the discrimination had been detected during a routine internal analysis and that the company had agreed to pay this sum to correct the situation, while denying that it had broken the law.
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