Court Certifies Class of Thousands of Google Women Employees in Equal Pay Act and Unfair Competition Law Case: Ellis et al. v. Google, LLC

On May 27, 2021, the San Francisco County Superior Court certified a class of over 10,800 women who were employed by Google, LLC, in California since September 14, 2013, in certain jobs covered by the lawsuit.  The court found that plaintiffs have presented common evidence from which a finder of fact could reasonably find that (1) Google paid women less than men performing substantially similar work, in violation of the California Equal Pay Act; and (2) Google assigned women to lower salary levels than men with comparable education and experience, because of their lower pay in prior jobs, in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Fair Employment and Housing Act.  Plaintiffs submitted a statistical analysis from a Professor at U.C. Irvine, who found that Google’s pay and under levelling practices caused its women employees in jobs covered by the lawsuit to be paid approximately $19,000 less per year, on average, than comparably qualified men.  The court’s class certification order entitled the women to join together in pursuing their claims to seek to enjoin Google’s pay and under levelling practices, and to recover hundreds of millions of dollars owed to class members.

Altshuler Berzon LLP is serving as Class Counsel, along with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.

A copy of the court’s public order granting class certification is attached here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2021 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2021 Summer Associates: Amanda Le (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Andrew Toney-Noland (Stanford Law School), Edgar Melgar (Yale Law School), Isaac Green (Harvard Law School), Michael Migiel-Schwartz (Harvard Law School), Nina Oishi (Yale Law School), and Simon Jacobs (University of Chicago Law School).

The law firm typically hires five or six summer associates each year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Launches Law Fellow Program

Altshuler Berzon LLP is launching a Law Fellow Program and is inviting applications for fellowships that will begin in the fall of 2021. The firm welcomes applicants who are recent law school graduates interested in a one-year position that will involve them in the diverse practice of the firm. Fellows can expect to work on a variety of cases representing labor unions, workers, environmental groups, consumers, and governmental entities.

Fellows will work closely with other lawyers at the firm to provide representation and advice to our clients. They will participate as full members of our legal teams and will have significant responsibilities for our cases, as well as opportunities for professional development. This Law Fellow Program is in addition to the firm’s Environmental Fellowship that is run jointly with NRDC.

About Us. Altshuler Berzon LLP is a San Francisco law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality representation in the service of economic justice and the public interest. The firm has earned a nationwide reputation for excellence. Our clients and colleagues in other firms often turn to us to handle groundbreaking litigation involving issues of first impression, particularly cases raising important constitutional and public policy issues. We specialize in labor and employment, constitutional, environmental, civil rights, class action, campaign and election, and impact litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. We represent clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators. We also provide advice and counseling, legislative drafting, representation in collective bargaining and negotiation, and other forms of legal assistance.

Qualifications. Applications will be accepted from 3Ls and recent graduates. Candidates should possess outstanding writing ability, analytical skills, and academic records and should have a demonstrated interest in public interest law practice. The Fellowship best suits candidates who have a “gap year” between other commitments (such as between graduation and clerkship).

The firm is committed to diversity and encourages applications from persons of color, persons identifying as LBGTQ, and persons with disabilities.

Applications. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, law school transcript, and list of references to Michael Rubin at The firm will consider applications on a rolling basis.