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Gender pay lawsuit rocks Google, seeks class action status

Three women have filed a lawsuit against Google after they claimed to have been paid less than their male counterparts while doing the same amount and level of work. Additionally, the women claim that they were placed on lower job ladders. The allegations are very serious, and the lawsuit seeks class action status for other women who worked at Google over the last four years.

The lawsuit has a scathing message about the entire practice by Google: "Google has discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systemically paying them lower compensation than Google pays male employees performing substantially similar work, under similar working conditions." If this is proven true, it would be textbook gender pay discrimination.

Of course, it is important to remember that many employment law complaints and workplace lawsuits never reach a conclusion in front of a judge. Instead, they are settled out of court with a monetary award going to the plaintiffs. Still, this solution can prove beneficial not only for the plaintiffs, but also for making it clear that the actions of the defendants (i.e. the company) are unacceptable. Indeed, the three women in this lawsuit want more than just compensation -- they want Google to amend their policies too.

As the months pass by, it will be interesting to see if this lawsuit achieves class action status and to see how Google responds in such a situation.

Source: NBC News, "Google Hit With Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit," Alyssa Newcomb and Jo Ling Kent, Sept. 14, 2017

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