What is this Lawsuit About?
The San Francisco Superior Court has granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement (the "Settlement") in a lawsuit against Google LLC ("Google"). The lawsuit claims that Google discriminates against women by paying them less than men for performing substantially similar work in violation of California’s Equal Pay Act, Cal. Labor Code § 1197.5 (“California EPA”) and California’s Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200, et seq. (“UCL”). The lawsuit also claims that Google discriminated against women hired before August 28, 2017, excluding college hires, by allegedly relying on the candidate’s prior pay at time of hire to assign them to lower levels than men with comparable qualifications and experience in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov. Code § 12940 et seq. (“FEHA”) and the UCL.
Google denies all of the allegations in the lawsuit and maintains that it has fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times. The Court has not ruled on the merits of these claims, has made no findings of fault, and has not awarded damages.
To obtain more information about the claims in this lawsuit, you can call 1-888-681-2480 or you can view the complaint and other court documents on the Important Documents page of this website.
Who is Included?
The Court decided that everyone who meets the following description is a Settlement Class Member:
All women employed by Google in a Covered Position in California at any time from September 14, 2013 through July 25, 2022, inclusive, who have not already validly opted out of the certified class in this Action. For more information on the Class and Subclass definitions, please review FAQ 5.
What Benefits are Available?
The proposed Settlement includes money and business practice changes to resolve pay and leveling claims for the Class. For more information see FAQ 7.