A lawsuit alleging gender wage discrimination is filed by two female employees against Apple Inc. with the goal of representing thousands of impacted women.

In a lawsuit against Apple Inc., two female employees claim that the corporation routinely underpays women for work that is equivalent to that of males.

They want to speak for thousands of other women who they think are facing similar prejudice at the corporation, according to a Bloomberg story.

According to the research, Apple, based in Cupertino, California, asked workers about their past salary in order to set beginning salaries prior to 2018, and this practice “perpetuated historic pay disparities between men and women.”

The ladies assert that when California banned the practice, the iPhone manufacturer began to request compensation expectations, further entrenching the gap.

Joe Sellers, a lawyer at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC who is representing the employees, said in a statement that “Apple’s policy and practice of collecting such information about pay expectations and using that information to set starting salaries has had a disparate impact on women, and Apple’s failure to pay women and men equal wages for performing substantially similar work is simply not justified under the law.”

The two employees suing Apple Inc., Justina Jong and Amina Salgado, also claim that males at the business often score higher on performance reports for leadership and cooperation. They contend that because of this disparity, women receive less incentives and compensation than males do.

According to the statement, “Jong didn’t know she was paid roughly $10,000 less than a male colleague until she saw his W-2 form on the office printer.”

A spokesman for Apple was not immediately available to comment on Thursday’s lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, according to Bloomberg. Lawsuits alleging pay discrimination against women in the tech sector have occasionally resulted in significant settlements, though these sums can occasionally amount to only a few paychecks per individual. The attorneys representing Thursday’s lawsuit include those who have previously pursued similar claims against companies such as Google and Oracle Corp. In those cases, the average per-person payouts after covering legal expenses were $3,750 for Oracle Corp. and $5,500 for Google.

On behalf of over 12,000 current and former female employees in Apple’s engineering, marketing, and AppleCare departments in California, Jong and Salgado filed the lawsuit. The complaint states that they have both been employed at Apple for more than ten years.

Salgado complained to Apple about the wage difference “many times,” but the company didn’t increase her compensation until a third-party study found that she was paid less than her male colleagues, even after Apple conducted its own review. Her attorneys said she never got her money back.

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