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Four women who previously worked at Google won adjective action status to pursue their gender pay diversity lawsuit.
According to Bloomberg, the latest decision means the suit could include 10,800 women who have worked in the tech behemoth, in a variety of roles and positions, since 2013.
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The women are seeking more than $ 600 million in damages. They are accused of violating the tech giant California Equal Pay Act. They claim that Google pays them less than their male counterparts, takes longer to promote them, and does so more often.
According to a submission submitted during the protracted legal battle, referenced by Engadget, female Google employees take home nearly $ 16,800 less than “similarly fit men”.
The lawsuit also alleges that the tech giant’s use of former salary data was an important factor in maintaining wage inequality within the business.
Google stopped doing so in 2017 but failed to address wage gaps, the suit alleges. Google has denied the suit’s main allegations.
Ang original lawsuit included Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri in 2017 was ignored by a judge. It was then resubmitted the following year, featuring Heidi Lamar as an additional plaintiff.
This decision comes amid further scrutiny about Google’s treatment of female workers. Back in February, the technology giant agreed to a deal with the Department of Labor systematic compensation and retrieval of discrimination at the California and Washington offices.
As a result, the company agreed to pay more than $ 2.5 million to more than 5,500 existing employees and job applicants faced with wage inequality.
Today’s news also follows from a study that found it takes for women to reach the level of CEO.
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