The class action lawsuit, which was joined by more than 15,000 women, is primarily concerned with the allegation that women in the same positions earn less than men. Google now wants to settle the legal dispute.
Google plans to pay $118 million to settle employee discrimination lawsuit in California The equivalent of 112.6 million euros should go to the employees who have joined the class action lawsuit.
The settlement also provides for an outside expert to review Google’s employment practices, according to a statement from plaintiffs’ attorneys over the weekend.
The agreement will not come into effect until the competent judge approves it. In a statement to the Financial Times, Google emphasized that the settlement was not an admission of guilt. However, after five years of litigation, both sides were of the opinion that this was the best way. The trial for the lawsuit was scheduled for January next year.
The lawsuit, which dates back to 2017, is mainly about the allegation that women in the same positions earn less than men – a violation of California law. The case was given class-action status on behalf of more than 15,000 women.