A Californian state judge has sided with Google against claims that the US internet giant has been paying male employees more than women and offering women fewer promotions.
According to Reuters, San Francisco's Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss slammed the claims because she thought it was "inappropriate" that they covered all of the women who work for the tech firm.
Legal representatives have been given 30 days to amend their lawsuit to reflect claims made by women who claim to have faced discrimination at Google, rather than covering the entire female workforce at the company.
Google has been criticised over allegations of a gender imbalance within its workplace for some time, and the US Department of Labor is also examining its pay practices.
Gina Scigliano, a spokesperson for Google, said that the company aims to "to create a great workplace for everyone. If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them".
The claims won't be let go, though. James Finberg, the lawyer representing the women, is expected to submit a new complaint early in the new year.
Working on behalf of three women who sued Google in September, he's working on a case that he believes will make clear that "Google violates the California Equal Pay Act ... by paying women less than men for substantially equal work in nearly every job classification".
According to the details of the lawsuit, women working for Google in California get less money than their male peers. And they're less likely to receive promotions.
Google isn't the first major technology company to be embroiled in a lawsuit over gender bias claims. Last year, Qualcomm paid out $19.5 million over such claims.
And, in January, the US Department of Labor took database giant Oracle to court for supposedly discriminating against women and minorities. Microsoft and Twitter, meanwhile, are also facing similar lawsuits.
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