Plaintiffs and Google Comply with $118 Million Settlement of Pay Fairness Class Motion – Lawyer Month-to-month

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EmploymentLaw–Plaintiffs’ regulation corporations Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP introduced in the present day that Plaintiffs have reached an settlement with Defendant Google LLC ( “Google”), by which Google pays $118 million to settle a category motion gender discrimination lawsuit, Ellis v. Google LLC, No. CGC-17-561299, pending since 2017. The settlement covers roughly 15,500 feminine staff in 236 job titles (“lined positions”) in California since September 14, 2013.

Along with financial reduction, the Settlement supplies that an unbiased third occasion professional will analyze Google’s leveling-at-hire practices and that an unbiased labor economist will overview Google’s pay fairness research. The post-settlement work shall be supervised by an exterior Settlement Monitor over the subsequent three years. The lawsuit challenged Google’s pay and leveling processes, and Plaintiffs consider these packages will assist be sure that ladies usually are not paid lower than their male counterparts who carry out considerably related work, and that Google’s challenged leveling practices are equitable.

Plaintiffs: The Named Plaintiffs are Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri, and Heidi Lamar. All the Plaintiffs are ladies who labored for Google in California in a lined place since September 14, 2013. Their backgrounds:

Plaintiff Kelly Ellis labored as a Software program Engineer at Google’s Mountain View workplace for roughly 4 years, departing the corporate with the title of Senior Supervisor.

Plaintiff Holly Pease labored for Google for roughly 10.5 years, in each Mountain View and Sunnyvale, holding quite a few technical management roles, together with: Supervisor, Company Community Engineering; Supervisor, Enterprise Techniques Integration; Supervisor, Company Knowledge Warehouse/Reporting Group; and Senior Supervisor, Enterprise Techniques Integration.

Plaintiff Kelli Wisuri labored for Google for roughly 2.5 years in its Mountain View workplace, as an Enterprise Operations Coordinator, Enterprise Gross sales Operations Affiliate, and Google Model Evangelist, Government Communications Program (aka Gross sales Options Senior Affiliate).

Plaintiff Heidi Lamar labored as a Preschool Trainer and Toddler/Toddler Trainer at Google’s Kids Middle in Palo Alto for roughly 4 years.

Subsequent Steps: The court docket will set a listening to date for preliminary settlement approval, which if accredited will end result within the third-party administrator issuing discover to the category members. If the court docket later grants last settlement approval, the third-party administrator will allocate settlement quantities based mostly on an goal formulation to every qualifying class member. Extra info is obtainable on the web site:

Statements on the Settlement:

“As a lady who’s spent her whole profession within the tech business, I’m optimistic that the actions Google has agreed to take as a part of this settlement will guarantee extra fairness for girls,” stated Plaintiff Holly Pease. “Google, since its founding, has led the tech business. In addition they have a possibility to guide the cost to make sure inclusion and fairness for girls in tech.”

Plaintiffs’ co-counsel Kelly Dermody said, “Plaintiffs consider this settlement advances gender fairness at Google and shall be precedent-setting for the business.”

“Google has lengthy been a know-how chief. We're delighted that on this Settlement Settlement and Order Google can be affirming its dedication to be a pacesetter in making certain pay fairness and equal employment alternative for all of their staff,” stated Plaintiffs’ co-counsel Jim Finberg.

Details about Plaintiffs’ Counsel:

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP: Lieff Cabraser is without doubt one of the nation’s largest and most profitable corporations solely representing plaintiffs in civil litigation, having secured verdicts or settlements price over $127 billion for purchasers nationwide. With 120 attorneys, the agency has led among the most important litigation of the final decade, together with the VW clear diesel emissions case, which resulted in over $15 billion for VW house owners (In re: Volkswagen ‘Clear Diesel’ Advertising and marketing, Gross sales Practices, and Merchandise Legal responsibility Litigation, MDL No. 2672 (Northern District of California federal court docket)); and the high-tech cold-calling wage conspiracy case alleging an settlement amongst distinguished know-how firms to not poach one another’s staff, which resulted in settlements totaling $435 million (In re: Excessive-Tech Worker Antitrust Litigation, 11-cv-2509-LJK (Northern District of California federal court docket)). Accomplice Kelly Dermody, co-lead counsel right here, led Excessive-Tech for her agency. She is presently Chair of the Part of Labor and Employment Legislation of the American Bar Affiliation, and Managing Accomplice of the San Francisco Workplace of Lieff Cabraser.

Altshuler Berzon LLP: Altshuler Berzon LLP is a San Francisco regulation agency that focuses on labor and employment, constitutional, environmental, civil rights, marketing campaign and election, and affect litigation. Altshuler Berzon, LLP has been co-lead counsel in quite a few civil rights class actions, together with Ries v McDonalds, 1:20 CV 0002 HYJ RSK ( W.D. Mich. 2022) (intercourse harassment class motion); and Satchell v Federal Categorical, C03-2878 SI ( ND Cal.) (race discrimination class motion). Altshuler Berzon is presently serving as co-lead counsel within the Jewett v Oracle Equal Pay Act class motion in San Mateo Superior Courtroom, 17 Civ 02669 (San Mateo Sup.) set for trial on January 23, 2023.


For extra info:

Kelly M. Dermody

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

275 Battery Avenue, twenty ninth Flooring

San Francisco, CA 94111-3339

Phone: (415) 956-1000 ext. 3333

Jim Finberg

Altshuler Berzon LLP

177 Publish Avenue, Suite 300

San Francisco, California 94108

Phone: (415) 421-7151

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