Skip to content
NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN

Qualcomm employees to get $19.5 million in gender discrimination settlement

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. will enter a $19.5 million settlement to end a nationwide gender discrimination lawsuit that involves 3,300 women employees. The lawsuit alleged that the San Diego, California-based company denied women engineers equal pay and promotions. Seven plaintiffs led the class of women working at Qualcomm in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions.

The company, which designs smartphone chips, denied any wrongdoing. However, it agreed to apply policy changes that help eliminate pay and promotion barriers for women employees. The company will educate workers on nondiscrimination policies, overhaul its complaint procedures and invest in leadership development programs.

As part of the settlement, Qualcomm will also hire two independent consultants to provide recommendations on how to improve workplace fairness. In addition, an internal compliance officer will ensure the measures are implemented. The settlement is subject to court approval.

According to the complaint, fewer than 15 percent of Qualcomm’s senior leadership positions are filled by women due to the company’s male-dominated culture. Women in STEM and related jobs receive lower pay than their male counterparts at Qualcomm offices nationwide. The lawsuit claimed that one reason women employees are promoted less often may be that the company’s managers are mostly men.

Qualcomm’s unwritten policy poses additional roadblocks for many women. The company rewards employees who work late at night over workers who arrive early and leave at the end of a normal work day. Such practices are unfair to those with children, the lawsuit alleged.

[footer block_id=’778′]

Read more

wage and hour violation lawyer

Virgin America flight attendants get $78 million in wage and hour lawsuit

All employers are legally responsible for making sure their employees are paid the wages they are owed. Unfortunately, wage and hour violations can occur at small companies and large corporations alike. A…

READ ARTICLE
class action lawyer

Disclaimer: Macy’s class action lawsuit

Please note McCormack & Erlich is not handling this class action lawsuit. This blog post is simply reporting the case.

READ ARTICLE
workplace sexual harassment lawyer

California agencies aim to meet sexual harassment training deadline

All employees have the right to a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. There are numerous things employers can do to tackle sexual harassment at work, such as having a system…

READ ARTICLE
employment lawyer

More training and safety needed for California wildfire prevention workers

California struggled with devastating wildfires in 2018. The state now faces the daunting task of figuring out how to manage its forests so that such large-scale disasters do not occur again in…

READ ARTICLE
SEEN ON
bloomberg
sfgate
kpix
cnnmoney
marin-ij
dailypost
news10