Holly Pease, a former Google executive, is one of the plaintiffs and hopes the tech giant’s massive settlement will pave the way for equal pay for workers regardless of gender
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Google will pay millions to its female employees who were paid less than their male counterparts.
The tech giant has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit in the US with its current and former colleagues.
Google says it will pay more than 15,000 women $118m (£98m) for paying them less than their male counterparts for similar work.
Holly Pease, who worked as a Google executive, is one of the plaintiffs and hopes this settlement will pave the way for equal pay among workers.
“We know that women and minority women are paid significantly less than men across the board and I think companies need to be made aware that this is not okay,” she said KTVU.com.
“They paid women differently. They paid women less for the same work, out of thousands of women. It was statistically proven.”
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Ms. Pease is one of four women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech company alleging discrimination in 2017.
Google released a statement after the case was settled and denied any wrongdoing, adding that it was in the best interests of everyone involved to settle the case.
“In 2020 alone, we made upward adjustments totaling $4.4 million for 2,352 employees across nearly every demographic category,” the company said in a statement.
“We also conduct rigorous analysis to ensure fairness in role grading and performance evaluation.”
The settlement has yet to be approved by the San Francisco Superior Court.
The four plaintiffs will also receive service compensation based on their overall Google careers.
James Finberg, one of the lawyers representing the women, said around 100 women have contacted the law firm about pay discrimination and other issues at the tech company.
He added that Google is legally required never to discriminate against its employees as it has a federal contract.
“Because women had lower advance payments, this practice led to discrimination. California made it clear in 2017 that you can’t justify pay differentials on the basis of early withdrawals,” he said.
“The previous payment is not job-related, so not legitimate.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/google-give-98million-female-employees-27232167 Google is paying £98m to women employees who have been paid less than men for years