Sanford Heisler Sharp and Tech Giant Qualcomm Receive Final Approval of $19.5 Million Gender Discrimination Settlement

Posted August 4th, 2017.


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SAN DIEGO, CA, August 3, 2017 — Sanford Heisler Sharp one of the nation’s leading class action civil rights firms, today announced that Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted final approval of the Qualcomm $19.5 Million gender discrimination class and collective action settlement.

David Sanford, chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp and lead counsel for the Plaintiff class, praised the settlement. “We have been privileged to represent a group of brilliant plaintiffs who courageously represented women in technology. Their tenacity brought about a significant settlement that will bring immediate relief to thousands of women and shape the industry going forward.”

In addition to monetary relief, the settlement requires Qualcomm to institute comprehensive programmatic relief, which will ensure that female employees working in STEM and related positions will enjoy equal job opportunities.  The settlement affects a class of approximately 3,400 women.

Danielle Fuschetti, an attorney at Sanford Heisler Sharp noted:  “This settlement is a good outcome for the women at Qualcomm now and into the future.”

Under the settlement agreement, Qualcomm will make a non-reversionary payment of $19.5 Million to settle all class claims in the case. Qualcomm will also institute significant changes in its policies and practices to help eliminate gender disparities and foster equal employment opportunities going forward.

Jill Sanford, also an attorney at Sanford Heisler Sharp said, “The settlement will make Qualcomm a stronger company. Rewarding and valuing all employees is not only right, it’s good business.”

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