Alphabet Inc.’s Google has failed to persuade a San Francisco state judge to block class-action status for a gender-pay disparity lawsuit brought on behalf of almost 11,000 women.
On Thursday, 10,800 women claimed that Google pays more salary to men for executing the same job. The case sought $600 million in damages, according to a previously disclosed analysis.
“This is a significant day for women at Google and in the technology sector, and we are so proud of our brave clients for leading the way,” Kelly Dermody, a lawyer representing the women, said in an email. “This order shows that it is critical that companies prioritize paying women equitably over spending money fighting them in litigation.”
The next trial of the case is expected to start in 2022.
“If we find any differences in proposed pay, including between men and women, we make upward adjustments to remove them before new compensation goes into effect,” Google said in an emailed statement.
In 2020, 2,352 employees were paid more “across nearly every demographic category,” according to Google. The case is Ellis v. Google Inc., CGC-17-561299, California Superior Court, San Francisco County.
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