Additionally, they claim Google keeps women partitioned in compensation levels with lower ceilings and routinely thwart advancement opportunities for female employees by promoting fewer women and more slowly than males in the company.
The suit seeks unspecified "wages due" and damages, as well as shares of Google, profits from the companies "unlawful and/or unfair business practices".
Women continue to get paid less than men despite USA companies - and society overall - making great strides in equality, according to David Gottlieb, a civil rights attorney at Wigdor LLP in NY who isn't involved in the Google suit.
Former employees at Google recently filed a lawsuit against the company on the basis of gender inequality and discrimination.
According to Ellis, she was hired and placed at Level 3 in Google, which is generally the level where fresh college graduates are hired into, whereas she had an experience of working in the industry for four years.
Google is facing the probe from the US Department of Labour into its pay practices.
"We can bring about positive change not only at Google but at other companies in the Silicon Valley", Finberg said. Similarly, Wisuri, who graduated from the University of California and had two years of experience under her belt, was put in the lowest level available for permanent full-time employees.
Google said in an email that "job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees" and that it has checks in place to guard against gender bias. "Google therefore knew or should have known that it paid female employees less than it paid their male counterparts for performing substantially equal or similar work, yet Google took no steps at any time during the Class Period to pay women equally to men as required by the Labor Code". The department last month appealed an administrative judge's July decision that rejected its request for contact information for more than 20,000 Google employees. James Damore, who ignited a firestorm in August with a 10-page memo blasting Google's "left bias" for creating a "politically correct monoculture", has said the company "shamed" him for the views expressed in the memo and has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
"If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them", she said.