Apple Sued By Female Employees Alleging Unequal Pay – Employment & Business News

Apple Sued By Female Employees Alleging Unequal Pay - Employment & Business News

Apple Faces Another Lawsuit Over Unequal Pay to Female Employees


Two female employees of tech giant Apple have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in San Francisco state court, alleging that the company pays women lower salaries than men for similar work. The lawsuit also challenges Apple’s hiring and performance-review practices. This lawsuit is part of a growing trend of pay equity claims against major corporations including several tech giants accused of underpaying women and minorities.

The Allegations

The plaintiffs aim to represent a class of 12,000 women who have worked at Apple across various departments since 2020; their claim is that the company violates California’s equal pay, employment, and unfair business practice laws. One of the lead attorneys in similar cases that have already settled represents the plaintiffs against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that before 2018, Apple asked applicants to provide their previous salaries to set pay. After California passed a 2018 law banning the use of prior pay for setting compensation, Apple switched to asking applicants about pay expectations. Plaintiffs’ lawyers argue that this practice perpetuates gender discrimination, as women have historically been paid less than men. They claim that Apple’s performance review system is biased since men receive higher ratings in discretionary categories like leadership and teamwork, resulting in better reviews for men.

The Response from Apple

An Apple spokesperson said the company has maintained gender pay equity since 2017. Apple works with an independent third-party expert to review total compensation and make necessary adjustments. Following an investigation by a third party, Apple increased pay to one of the plaintiffs after she complained of being paid less than men in similar roles. It’s worth noting that similar cases have been settled in California recently; Google agreed to pay $118 million to 15,500 women in 2022, and Oracle settled for $25 million for 4000 female workers earlier this year.

“Apple Too” Employee Activism

During the Covid-19 pandemic, employee activism at Apple has grown, leading to the formation of the “Apple Too” group, mirroring the #MeToo movement. This group gathered stories of discrimination and pushed for changes in pay practices, leading to some retail stores forming unions. The lawsuit was driven by one plaintiff’s discovery that a male co-worker earned $10,000 more despite having the same responsibilities; she did not receive raises that matched her male peers’ salaries.

The Bottom Line

The proposed class-action lawsuit against Apple highlights the continuing need to address pay equity in the technology industry. It also stresses the importance of hiring and performance-review practices that are free from gender bias. Employers must ensure they have transparent and fair pay structures that align with relevant legislation to avoid facing possible lawsuits in the future.

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