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Google settles $118 mn gender discrimination lawsuit

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The settlement covers 15,500 female employees who worked in the company in California in 236 job titles after 2013.

Google has decided to pay $118 million to settle the lawsuit which was filed against them claiming that they discriminated against women.

What happened?

Three female former employees of Google filed a class-action lawsuit in 2017 in San Fransisco Superior Court alleging that the tech giant was involved in discriminating against women in terms of pay and promotions.

They had alleged that the company had placed them in the lower level as compared to their male counterparts, who were placed at higher positions. They further went on to say that, they were denied promotions or transferred to teams that would help them in the betterment of their careers.

What does the settlement cover?

The settlement covers 15,500 female employees who worked in the company in California in 236 job titles after 2013.

Also, as a part of the settlement, experts will be reviewing Google’s hiring practices and pay-equity studies.

As of now, Google has not admitted its wrongdoings. All the terms of the settlement are still needed to be approved by a judge.

The agency’s allegations were settled last year, with Google agreeing to pay more than $3.8 million to more than 5,500 existing female and Asian employees and job seekers who were determined to be disadvantaged by the department.

Holly Pease, one of the central plaintiffs who spent a decade at Google, said that Google’s pay practices are a violation of California’s Equal Pay Act as well as the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.

At the time, Google stated that it invests extensively in ensuring that its hiring and remuneration practices are fair.

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