Google agrees to pay $ 118 million to file a complaint of discrimination against women

Google has agreed to pay $ 118 million (€ 112.46 million) to file a class action lawsuit accusing the group of discriminating against women in terms of wages and ranks in California, two law firms said. defender.

The deal covers about 15,500 employees who have worked in California since September 2013, according to a statement released Friday night by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon. The company also agreed to an analysis of its third-party recruitment and compensation practices.

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“After nearly five years of proceedings, both parties agreed that the resolution of the case, without any admission (of liability) or conclusion, was in the best interests of all, and we are very pleased to have concluded this. agreement, ”a Google spokesman said in a message to AFP on Sunday.

Google continues to deny all allegations

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court in 2017 by former Google employees who found that the search engine paid women less than men in equivalent positions and were assigned to lower ranks than men. to equivalent experiences and qualifications because the company was based on their previous salaries.

According to the text of the agreement, made public by the lawyers, Google “denies all allegations of the complaint and maintains that (the group) has fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times.” The agreement has yet to be approved by a judge.

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“We are absolutely committed to paying, hiring and leveling all employees in a fair and equitable manner,” the company spokesman said in his message. “If we find differences in the proposed pay, including between men and women, we will make upward adjustments to remove them before the new pay goes into effect, and we will continue to do so.”

An agreement for similar facts found in 2021

The search engine had already agreed in 2021 to pay $ 3.8 million (€ 3.62 million) to the US Department of Labor following allegations of discrimination against women and Asians.

Most of that money was to be used to compensate 2,500 women employed by Google for engineering positions, as well as nearly 3,000 people, female candidates or candidates of Asian descent, who had not been selected for such positions. .

Google then stated that the discrimination had been detected during a routine internal analysis and that the company had agreed to pay this amount to correct the situation, while denying that it had broken the law.

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