This website contains information regarding the terms of the settlement in the Heath v. Google age discrimination lawsuit.

If you are an opt-in Plaintiff in this collective action, you have the right to participate in the settlement and receive a settlement award on a confidential basis.

Plaintiff Cheryl Fillekes initiated this collective action, alleging that Google has engaged in a systematic practice of discriminating against individuals who are age 40 or older in hiring for software engineering and related positions. If you are an opt-in Plaintiff, you previously signed a Consent to Join form and joined this collective action as an opt-in Plaintiff. Plaintiff Cheryl Fillekes and Google have now reached a settlement of this case. Subject to the Court’s approval at a later date, the settlement will resolve the claims of Fillekes and all collective action Plaintiffs who participate in the settlement, including you. Settlement payments will be made only after the Court approves the settlement and any appeals are waived.

If you submit the Acknowledgement and Consent form for this settlement, you will receive approximately the amount as stated in your Class Notice or more upon approval of the settlement by the Court.

In return for this payment, you release and waive any age discrimination claims you may have against Google up until the time of the Court’s approval of the settlement, and you also agree not to re-apply for employment with Google for three (3) years after the “Effective Date” of the settlement.

To view a copy of the Notice, click here.

To view the Settlement Agreement, click here.

To view the Final Approval Order, click here.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LAWSUIT

Participate in the Settlement.

Participate in the settlement. Receive a monetary payment. Give up age discrimination claims against Google.

To participate in the settlement and receive a monetary payment under the Settlement Agreement, you MUST timely submit an Acknowledgement and Consent form and an IRS Form W-9 online, by email, or by mail by July 13, 2019. In doing so, you are releasing and waiving all age-based discrimination claims against Google and agreeing that you are not entitled to re-apply for employment with Google for three (3) years after the Effective Date of the settlement.

Withdraw from the Settlement.

Request to withdraw from the settlement. Receive no monetary payment. Keep rights.

If you ask to be excluded from the settlement, your claims in this lawsuit will be dismissed without prejudice, and the statute of limitations on those claims will resume running on the date of the dismissal of the case by the Court. You keep any right to pursue the same legal claims in an individual lawsuit against Google, but you will lose the ability to recover any monetary payment or other benefits under the Settlement Agreement.

Do nothing. Do Not Participate in the Settlement.

Take no action. Do not participate in the settlement. Receive no monetary award. Keep rights.

If you do nothing, your claims in this lawsuit will be dismissed without prejudice, and the statute of limitations on those claims will resume running on the date of the dismissal by the Court. You keep any right to pursue the same legal claims in an individual lawsuit against Google, but will lose the ability to recover any monetary payment under the Settlement Agreement.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Acknowledgement and Consent Filing Deadline

July 13, 2019

Withdraw from Settlement Deadline

July 13, 2019

Final Approval Granted

August 15, 2019

Effective Date

September 16, 2019

Expected Distribution Date

October 11, 2019