On September 14, 2017, former Google employees Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease,
and Kelli Wisuri filed a class action lawsuit against the company for
alleged discrimination against female workers. The class action claims
Google violated the California Equal Pay Act, failed to pay wages due
to employees who had been dismissed, and is guilty of unfair and unlawful
A portion of the class action complaint states:
“…Google has discriminated and continues to discriminate against
its female employees by paying [them] less than male employees with similar
skills, experience, and duties; by assigning and keeping women in job
ladders and levels with lower compensation ceilings and advancement opportunities
than those to which men with similar skills, experience, and duties are
assigned and kept; and by promoting fewer women and promoting women more
slowly than it has promoted similarly-qualified men.”
According to the suit, “The net result of this systemic discrimination
is that Google pays women less than men for comparable work.”
Ellis was a software engineer for Google and left the company in 2014 because
of the “sexist culture” surrounding back-end software engineering
and women in tech roles, stating that nearly all of Google’s back-end
software engineers are men.
The company claims that there are systems in place that work to prevent
sexist hiring, compensation, and promotion practices. However, according
to the suit, a 2015 U.S. Department of Labor report assessing 21,000 Google
employees showed, “systemic compensation disparities against women
pretty much across the entire workforce.” The company disagrees
with this conclusion.
In recent months, a judge turned down the women’s request to turn
their lawsuit into a class action, stating that the qualifications for
joining the class action were overbroad, but in January the lawsuit was
revised and brought back to court, again seeking class action status.
Experiencing Workplace Gender Discrimination in Philadelphia? Call Golomb
& Honik, P.C. Today.
Gender discrimination in the workplace has powerful negative effects for
female employees. If you feel your employer is paying women unfairly or
denying female applicants or employees access to certain jobs or promotions
because of their gender, do not hesitate to speak up. If it has happened
to you, it has likely happened to other women who have been employed by
the same company, and you may be able to file a class action lawsuit against
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