Three women formerly employed at Google are accusing the search giant of discriminating against them based on gender. It was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday, and its filers want the case to head to a jury trial.
The proposed class-action seeks to represent all women who have worked at Google in California during the last four years.
The Labor Department is now investigating Google over accusations that it pays women less. They are seeking back wages with interest, along with damages and an end to Google's "unfair and unlawful business practices".
While Google has denied these allegations as the senior manager at Google for the corporate communications, Gina Scigliano has written in the statement that, "In relation to this particular lawsuit, we'll review it in detail, but we disagree with the central allegations". However, an administrative law judge ruled Google did not need to hand over all the data requested by the Department of Labor, calling the request "over-broad" and "unduly burdensome". That followed months of revelations from engineers, founders and other women that were sparked, in large part, by public claims by former Uber employee Susan Fowler.
And finally a lawsuit has been filed against Google citing gender pay gap and its discriminatory policies.
Earlier this month, The New York Times published salary data, compiled by almost 1,200 Google employees, which pointed to disparities across pay grades in both salaries and bonuses across pay grades. (She later dropped the suit.) That same year, a former software engineer, Tina Huang, sued Twitter because she believed the company systematically bypassed women for promotions.
Meanwhile, male co-workers hired after Ellis with equal or lesser qualifications were placed on the higher-paying Level 4 track, according to the lawsuit.
"There's been a lot of lip service, and more recently since the Department of Labor investigation came out there's been a denial, which made me realise that this isn't going to get fixed unless we make them fix it", she said. "Google therefore knew or should have known that it paid female employees less than it paid their male counterparts for performing substantially equal or similar work, yet Google took no steps at any time during the Class Period to pay women equally to men as required by the Labor Code". They also alleged that Google assigned female employees positions that have limited career growth.