Google, Inc. Wage and Hour Class Action – $5.5 Million Settlement

Case Description

Case Type: Wage and Hour Class Action

Company: Google, Inc.

On January 27, 2016, a former contract worker at Google filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, alleging that the company failed to pay contract recruiters and sourcers for all overtime worked. The lawsuit also named Urpan Technologies, one of the many staffing agencies through which Google acquires contract workers, as a defendant.

Following the filing of the lawsuit, the parties exchanged extensive documents and data, retained experts to examine millions of timestamp entries, and engaged in negotiations regarding the merits of the claims and the scope of the class. On February 28, 2017, the parties participated in a full-day mediation with the preeminent class action and employment mediator, Mark S. Rudy, Esq. Over the following weeks, the mediator continued to assist the parties in negotiating an agreement, and on May 23, 2017, the parties entered into a settlement.

Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Defendants will pay $5.5 million to settle the class claims following final Court-approval of the settlement.

On June 20, 2017, the settlement was granted preliminary approval by Judge Brian C. Walsh in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. Notice of the settlement was subsequently mailed to approximately 795 current and former contract workers who performed recruiting or sourcing work at Google. No class member objected to the settlement.

On January 5, 2018, Plaintiffs moved for final approval of the settlement, and on February 2, 2018, the Court held a Final Fairness Hearing. On February 7, 2018, the Court issued an Order granting final approval of the settlement, and on March 2, 2018, Judgment was entered. Plaintiffs anticipate that settlement checks will be mailed to the Class in May.

If you have questions about the case against Google and/or the settlement, you can receive additional information by contacting Sanford Heisler Sharp at 415-422-9292 or [email protected].