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Litigation against Google could turn into class action suit

When a company learns that it is facing a lawsuit, taking action is necessary. Gaining information on the claims, the type of lawsuit, the individuals or entities involved and other important details could help Colorado companies and those elsewhere effectively handle lawsuits. While any type of claim can be a challenge to address, class action litigation can put even more on the line.

According to recent reports, Google could be facing this type of ordeal. Legal claims were filed against the technology giant in 2017 after four former employees filed suit claiming that they were paid less because they were women. Recently, the plaintiffs requested that the case be given class action status in order to include approximately 10,800 more female workers at Google. The claims indicate that female workers were paid almost $16,800 less than their male counterparts.

The lawsuit also claims that Google violated California’s Equal Pay Act and Unfair Competition Law by asking applicants what their previous salaries were, which reportedly resulted in lower pay to women. Additionally, one plaintiff indicated that she was told her lower pay resulted from a lower quality job interview and work performance. However, the lawsuit has purportedly resulted in a document surfacing that showed she had a high interview score. The hearing to determine whether the case will achieve class action status is scheduled to take place in December.

Business litigation is something that most companies know to expect, especially large companies. However, that does not mean that lawsuits are any easier to deal with. Colorado businesses that are facing legal claims for whatever reason will certainly benefit from understanding their available legal options.

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