American multinational technology company, Google has agreed to pay out the sum of $118 million to over 15,500 female employees to finally settle a long-standing lawsuit over gender discrimination and equitable pay.
According to court documents, the settlement covers female employees in 236 job titles in California since September 14, 2013, the plaintiffs’ legal firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon noted in a press release.
The employees worked across several levels and divisions, with the average compensation amounting to about $7,600.
This agreement follows a lawsuit filed in September 2017 by former employees Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri, and Heidi Lamar.
The initial filing said Larmer, a preschool teacher at Google’s children center, was paid $18.51 an hour, while a male counterpart with fewer qualifications and less experience received $21 an hour.