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Pay Equity Matters: Mind the Gap

The issue of gender equality in the workplace is staying firmly in the public eye with the creation of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Supported by over 300 actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives, including big names such Reece Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes, the fund is administered by the National Women’s Law Center and is available to support harassment and retaliation lawsuits by women in all industries. The Time’s Up initiative was front and center at Sunday’s 2018 Golden Globes, where almost all female—and many male—stars wore all black or “Time’s Up” lapel pins to show solidarity with the victims of harassment and to bring awareness to the fund.

A California Superior Court judge in San Francisco handed Google a win in its defense of a putative class action brought by three former employees, dismissing the pay equity Complaint as to all three plaintiffs. While Google will likely face an amended Complaint that could revive the pay disparity lawsuit, this order may limit such claims by forcing would-be plaintiffs to allege something more than just citing to company policy or practice that allegedly resulted in women being less than men. 

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