Plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri and Heidi Lamar claim that Google discriminates against women and breaks California law by slotting women into lower salary levels than men, giving women lower-paying jobs, promoting women more slowly and less frequently and generally paying female employees less than men for similar work.
In 2017, the California Equal Pay Act was amended, stating that an employer could not rely on prior pay to set salaries. She has now joined a class-action lawsuit against Google for segregating women into low paying jobs.
She says she was eventually promoted twice to higher salary levels, but learned last March that Google had hired a man at a higher salary than it paid her.
A spreadsheet obtained by USA TODAY and first reported by the New York Times previous year found that women are paid less than men at most job levels at Google and that disparity only widens at more senior levels.
Four women have filed a lawsuit alleging they were paid less by Google than their male colleagues. Lamar was placed at salary Level 1, which paid $US18.51 ($24) an hour, compared to the male who was hired for the same position and duties at salary Level 2, with an hourly rate of $US21 ($27) an hour.
During that time, she says almost all of the female teachers were paid less than at least two of the males.
Lamar was hired at Google's daycare center for employees' children in 2013, after receiving a master's degree in early childhood education and working in the field for five years.
Google said it disputes the allegations of a gender-based pay disparity at the company.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lamar says that "I didn't want to work for a company that I can't trust, that makes me feel like my values of gender equality are being compromised". Google declined to pay her for the discrepancy, and Lamar resigned in August of a year ago.
Google previously told CNNMoney its own analysis of its employees' compensation showed it had no gender pay gap, citing it pays women 99.7 cents to each dollar a man receives.
According to Lamar, during the time she worked at Google, it employed approximately 150 preschool teachers, 147 of whom were women. "Job levels and promotions are determined through rigorous hiring and promotion committees, and must pass multiple levels of review, including checks to make sure there is no bias in these decisions", Scigliano said in a statement.
The complainants were given 30 days to file a new complaint on behalf of only those who had faced pay discrimination.
The original suit was preceded by a pay disparity investigation by the Department of Labor.