Google pays $118 million to women who earn less than men

  • Google has agreed to pay more than 15,000 employees $118 million as part of a settlement.
  • The company has been accused of paying its female staff $17,000 less a year than men for the same work.
  • A lawsuit was filed in September 2017 by four former Google employees.

Google has agreed to pay more than 15,500 employees $118 million to settle a longstanding gender discrimination and fair pay lawsuit, court documents show.

The settlement covers employees of 236 job titles in California since September 14, 2013, plaintiffs’ law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon said in a press release.

Employees worked at many levels and divisions, with average pay around $7,600.

The agreement follows a complaint filed in September 2017 by former employees Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri and Heidi Lamar.

The initial filing said Larmer, a preschool teacher at Google’s children’s center, was paid $18.51 an hour, while a less qualified and less experienced male counterpart was paid $21 an hour.

Google was accused last year of paying its female employees $17,000 a year less than male staff doing the same work in the ongoing lawsuit. They initially sought $600 million in damages.

According to the filing, the settlement calls for an independent industrial organizational psychologist to analyze Google’s hiring practices and pay equity.

Ellis, who served as a software engineer at Google’s Mountain View headquarters for about four years, said she hoped the deal would mark a shift in her practices.

Peas in a report“As a woman who has spent her entire career in the tech industry, I am optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take under this settlement will ensure more fairness for women. Google, since its creation, is leading the tech industry, and they also have the opportunity to lead the charge to ensure the inclusion and equity of women in tech.”

A preliminary approval hearing is scheduled for June 21.

Google did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

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