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Equal Pay Lawsuit Filed Against Google

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San Jose gender discrimination lawyers, equal pay lawsuit, employee discrimination, gender discrimination, California Equal Pay ActThree women recently filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the technology giant systematically discriminates against female employees by denying them promotions and underpaying them. According to Bustle, the lawsuit alleges that the three women went through similar experiences while working for Google and that each of them was discriminated against in violation of the California Equal Pay Act.

Beyond their own personal experiences, the women claim that Google has a history of filtering female employees into lower level jobs and keeping them on lower paying job ladders than their male counterparts with similar education and work experience. Because the women believe that other female employees have also been illegally discriminated against on the basis of their gender they have petitioned the court to certify a class action request. If the court approves this request, then their lawsuit will be opened up to other female employees who similarly believe that they have been discriminated against by Google.

The California Equal Pay Act

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that the pay gap between men and women in California is almost $79 billion per year and noted that women across the U.S. earn approximately 80 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Lawmakers have been aware of this pay gap for years and, in an effort to bridge the gap, passed the California Equal Pay Act back in 1949.

The California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers within the state from paying one employee less than another employee of the opposite sex for the same work. Any employer who violates the California Equal Pay Act is liable to pay the discriminated against employee the amount of wages that they were wrongly deprived of, with interest, plus an additional amount as liquidated damages.

It should be noted that the California Equal Pay Act was strengthened in 2015 when Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act into law. The State of California Department of Industrial Relations’ website notes that the Fair Pay Act strengthened the Equal Pay Act namely by:

  • Stating that employees who perform “substantially similar work” must receive equal pay,
  • Eliminating the Equal Pay Act’s requirement that the employees being compared must work at the same company,
  • Requiring employers to maintain wage related records for at least three years, and
  • Explicitly stating that it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against employees who seeks to enforce an equal pay law.

Contact a Local Gender Discrimination Lawyer for Assistance with Your Case

If you believe that your California manager or employer is discriminating against you based on your gender, contact Jachimowicz Law Group today. Our experienced San Jose gender discrimination lawyers understand that employment in the workplace takes many forms and that it affects men as well as women. Additionally, we are sensitive to the fact that employees are often hesitant to initiate legal actions against their employers, therefore we offer a free confidential consultation during which discriminated against employees can explore their legal options in a safe space.

Sources:

https://www.bustle.com/p/googles-equal-pay-lawsuit-could-change-everything-for-women-in-silicon-valley-2366340

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-equal-pay-day-20170404-story.html

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/California_Equal_Pay_Act.htm

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