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.