Proposed class action lawsuit accuses Apple of underpaying women

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According to a new class action lawsuit in California, Apple allegedly underpaid 12,000 women compared to men despite DEI initiatives.

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Apple Park is meant to host a diverse and equal workforce



Gender pay gaps, discrimination, and harassment are all something Apple has said it takes quite seriously. It even launched a dedicated webpage with data available back to 2014 about diversity, though it hasn't been updated since 2022.

However, Apple's dedication to gender equality has come under scrutiny with a new class action lawsuit filed in California. According to a report from Reuters, two women who have worked at Apple for over a decade have filed the lawsuit claiming Apple systematically underpays women in engineering, marketing, and AppleCare divisions.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple illegally bases workers' starting pay on their salaries at previous jobs or their pay expectations. Either way, California has a law since 2018 that prevents employers from asking applicants about their salary history.

Relying on previous or requested salaries leads to the same issue -- if a woman were paid less than a man before, they would be again. That's what the law is trying to prevent.

Apple is also accused of preferring men when rewarding employees for having talent, like with raises or bonuses. These biases lead to women who are already underpaid having the gap widen further as their careers advance.

One plaintiff, Justina Jong, has also included a complaint about sexual harassment and Apple's refusal to transfer her away from the offender. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and penalties.

The plaintiffs are represented by Outten & Golden, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, and Altshuler Berzon. These firms have a history of brokering settlements with companies like Goldman Sachs and Sterling Jewelers.



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  • Reply 1 of 6
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,907member
    Has nothing to do with women. Everything to do with pay rates based on previous employers. That happens to men too. 

    It’s a caste system that needs to be abolished federally. As if you’re not allowed to move up in the world. 

    Employers should pay what the job merits, not based on how little someone (anyone, man or woman) made before. 

    On the other hand, if you’re a woman and you’re mad a superior makes more than you and happens to be a man, get a grip. Your male peers also make less. And no you don’t get a free promotion over the man just because you’re not a man. 

    Everyone with an ideology wants to force it on everyone else these days. Sheesh. 
    edited June 14 40domi
  • Reply 2 of 6
    40domi40domi Posts: 138member
    Just two women, trying to make big money, because of the current woke climate and mad laws in California.
    No one forced them to accept what Apple were offering!
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  • Reply 3 of 6
    Well, that didn't take long...
    Xed9secondkox2zeus423godofbiscuitssf
  • Reply 4 of 6
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 2,481member
    Has nothing to do with women. Everything to do with pay rates based on previous employers. That happens to men too. 

    It’s a caste system that needs to be abolished federally. As if you’re not allowed to move up in the world. 

    Employers should pay what the job merits, not based on how little someone (anyone, man or woman) made before. 

    On the other hand, if you’re a woman and you’re mad a superior makes more than you and happens to be a man, get a grip. Your male peers also make less. And no you don’t get a free promotion over the man just because you’re not a man. 

    Everyone with an ideology wants to force it on everyone else these days. Sheesh. 
    I agree but in the case of your previous employer, an interviewer can't ask you how much you were getting paid and if they do you don't have to answer.

    There is a negotiation opportunity, and if they're not at negotiations or do not have the experience or success stories to prove their worth, then that's their shortcoming. Some men have negotiation shortcomings too and they get paid less than others. Complaining because you expect everything handed to them is a red flag to begin with, and I wouldn't pay more to a complainer because I'd be seeking someone who is focused on taking ownership.

    Believe it or not, this type of questioning is baked into the interview process, you'll be asked something absurd or a question you're not sure how to answer because you don't want to go against your interviewer but that's the whole purpose of the question to see if you have what it takes.
    9secondkox2
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Even if an employer is allowed to ask you your salary history you aren’t required to tell them. You have to gauge whether it is to your advantage or not.
    9secondkox2zeus423
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Has nothing to do with women. Everything to do with pay rates based on previous employers. That happens to men too. 

    It’s a caste system that needs to be abolished federally. As if you’re not allowed to move up in the world. 

    Employers should pay what the job merits, not based on how little someone (anyone, man or woman) made before. 

    On the other hand, if you’re a woman and you’re mad a superior makes more than you and happens to be a man, get a grip. Your male peers also make less. And no you don’t get a free promotion over the man just because you’re not a man. 

    Everyone with an ideology wants to force it on everyone else these days. Sheesh. 
    It’s like you’re saying all the right things and it’s making to jump that much further to the wrong conclusion.  Amazing. 
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