Google Pays $3.8 Million to Resolve Pay Bias Claims


On February 1, 2021, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced it reached a settlement with Google, resolving allegations of systemic pay and hiring discrimination against the technology giant.  Under the terms of the settlement, Google agreed to pay $3.8 million to more than 5,500 employees and job applicants.

Between 2014 and 2017, the DOL revealed that Google paid female engineers in California and Washington State less than comparable male engineers.  Additionally, Google implemented hiring practices in 2016 and 2017 that discriminated against female and Asian applicants for engineering jobs.  

The existence of pay bias and discriminatory hiring at Google is significant, showcasing that workers may face discrimination even by the most high-profile companies.  Workers who believe they were subjected to discrimination or other workplace violations should seek legal counsel to analyze their potential claims. 
 

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