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Female employees who sued Google for paying them less than men of equal position win $118 million in settlement

Female employees who sued Google for paying them less than men in equivalent positions won $118 million in settlement with the tech giant.

15,500 female employees who have worked for the company in California since September 2013 alleged that Google was awarding lower positions to men with similar experiences because they had previously earned lower salaries.

Without admitting wrongdoing, Google said that “while we firmly believe in the fairness of our policies and practices, after nearly five years of litigation, both parties have agreed that the resolution of the matter, without any admission or conclusion, was in everyone’s best interest, and we are very pleased to have reached this agreement.”

“Google denies all allegations in the lawsuit and maintains that it has fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times,” he said in a statement to AFP news agency.

According to law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP, Google also agreed to have a third party analyze its hiring and compensation practices as part of the settlement.

The plaintiffs’ two law firms added that a judge still needs to approve the deal for it to be finalized.

It’s not the first time Google has faced discrimination allegations, as the big tech company paid $3.8 million to the US Department of Labor on charges of discriminating against women and men. Asians in 2021.

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