Alphabet Inc.’s Google agreed to pay $118 million to settle a gender discrimination complaint with around 15,500 female employees, according to law firms representing the women.
In addition, an independent expert will examine Google’s recruiting processes, and an outside labor economist will examine the company’s pay equity studies, according to a statement issued Friday by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP.
The agreement could not be verified on the basis of the court docket.
The Google settlement involves women in 236 different job titles, according to law firms representing the plaintiffs.
A hearing on preliminary approval is scheduled for June 21, the law firms said. Plaintiffs say Google paid female employees approximately US$16,794 less per year than a “similarly situated man”. Similar lawsuits against Twitter and Microsoft have failed to gain class-action status.
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