Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google Going Nowhere?

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 22, 2018

blumenthal nordrehaug bhowmik de blouw llp, southern california employment law, southern california employment law attorneys, california gender discrimination, gender discrimination lawsuit, discrimination lawsuitIn recent news, Google scored a win when a California state judge sided with them by dismissing class action claims accusing the company of paying female workers less than male workers as well as offering them less opportunity for promotion in the company. It was a huge win for Google.

Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss in San Francisco found that the age discrimination lawsuit was inappropriate as it was brought on behalf of ALL female employees of Google in California. The plaintiffs in the suit were given 30 days to file a new complaint representing only women employed by Google in California who faced pay discrimination based on gender. The judge also noted that the claims made by the plaintiff in the case commonly referred to as Ellis v. Google were vague. Claims must show how specific group of women employed by Google were affected by the tech company’s pay policies. In fact, two of the three named plaintiffs had not even shown in the complaint that they performed work comparable to the male associates that were allegedly receiving higher pay rates.

This decision came at a time when Google is already facing a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into sex bias in pay practices and as other women have come forward to say they experienced discrimination (either gender or racial) at the company.

The most recent data from Google indicates that their workforce is 69% male and 56% white. Gina Scigliano, Google spokesman, stated that the company tries to create a “great workplace for everyone” and that when discrepancies or issues are noticed, they “work to fix them.”

The plaintiffs’ legal representation has also been quoted saying that an additional complaint should be completed and filed by January 2018 making it clear that Google is in violation of the California Equal Pay Act by paying female employees less than male employees for equal work in similar jobs.

This lawsuit was one of many lobbed against major tech companies accusing them of discriminating against women, but it seems to be the first to make sex discrimination claims against Google on behalf of women.

If you are concerned about inequality in the work place or if you feel your workplace supports gender discrimination, please get in touch with one of the experienced California employment law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP. 

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