December 7, 2017
Google has come out on top in a gender discrimination lawsuit after a Superior Court judge rejected a class action claim against the tech titan.
The lawsuit, filed September in San Francisco Superior Court, alleged Google “engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination.” In other words, it allegedly paid its male employees more than their female counterparts.
The judge, however, said the class action suit was “overbroad,” adding it did not “purport to distinguish between female employees who may have valid claims against Google based upon its alleged conduct from those who do not.”
Had the judge granted the lawsuit class action status, it would have represented thousands of Google employees in California.
The suit was filed on behalf of three female former Google employees — Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri — all of who worked at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The lawsuit said the women left the company after allegedly being forced onto career tracks with compensation that was less than their male peers.
Google, however, said it has no gender pay gap and told CNN it pays women 99.7 cents to each dollar a man receives.
Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano, in a statement at the time the lawsuit was launched, said the company is very careful about equal pay for equal work.
“Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no gender bias in these decisions,” Scigliano said.
“And we have extensive systems in place to ensure that we pay fairly. But on all these topics, if we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them.”