Women Employees Sue Apple Alleging Company’s Gender Disparity In Wages

New Delhi: Two women employees have filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., alleging that the company systematically pays women less than their male counterparts for comparable work. They aim to represent thousands of other women who they believe are experiencing similar discrimination within the company, Bloomberg reported.

They claim that Apple, of Cupertino, California, determined starting salaries before 2018 by asking employees for their compensation history and that this practice “perpetuated historic pay disparities between men and women.” “Then, when California outlawed the practice, the iPhone maker started asking for salary expectations, entrenching the disparity,” the women claim, according to the report.

“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,” Joe Sellers, a lawyer at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC representing the employees, was quoted as saying in a statement.

Justina Jong and Amina Salgado, the two employees involved in the lawsuit against Apple Inc., additionally assert that men at the company consistently receive higher scores for teamwork and leadership in performance reviews. They argue that this discrepancy leads to lower bonuses and pay for women compared to their male counterparts.

“Jong realized she was being paid about $10,000 less than a male colleague only after she saw his W-2 form on the office printer,” according to the statement.

Bloomberg reported that an Apple representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit, filed Thursday in California state court.


Salgado complained to Apple about the pay disparity a “number of times” but, despite conducting its own investigation, Apple didn’t raise her salary until a third-party probe concluded there was a pay gap between her and her male counterparts, according to the complaint. She didn’t receive back pay, according to her lawyers.

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