Important Update: Individual Settlement Awards were mailed to Settlement Class Members on June 3, 2022.
Defendants’ records indicate that at some time between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2021 (the “Class Period”), you worked for one or more of the Kaiser-Related Entities in California in a job that is covered by a proposed class action settlement (“Settlement”).
What is the Settlement about?
On April 22, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., and Southern California Permanente Medical Group in the Superior Court of San Francisco County that makes claims for: (i) unequal pay based on race; (ii) disparate treatment and pattern and practice discrimination based on race with respect to all forms of compensation (including but not limited to hourly pay, overtime, premium pay, salary, bonus, and salary grades), raises, job assignments, job code placement, demotions, and denial of promotions; and (iii) disparate impact discrimination based on race with respect to all forms of compensation (including but not limited to hourly pay, overtime, premium pay, salary, bonus, and salary grades), raises, job assignments, job code placement, demotions, and denial of promotions.
The Kaiser-Related Entities deny all of the allegations in the Lawsuit and maintain that they have fully complied with all applicable laws, rules and regulations at all times. The Court has not ruled on the merits of these claims, has made no findings of fault, and has not awarded damages. For more information about the claims made in the Settlement, see FAQ 2.
What does the Settlement provide?
Without admitting any wrongdoing, the Kaiser-Related Entities have agreed to pay a Gross Settlement Amount of Eleven Million Five Hundred Four Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty-Nine Dollars ($11,504,759), inclusive of all costs of administration, payments of individual monetary awards to Settlement Class Members (“Individual Settlement Awards”), any service awards to the Named Plaintiffs, attorneys’ fees and costs for Plaintiffs’ counsel, and other expenses, to resolve pay and promotion discrimination claims for the Settlement Class, as stated in the release provisions of the Agreement. The Kaiser-Related Entities also have agreed to certain business practices.
Under the terms of the proposed Class Settlement, all Settlement Class Members will automatically receive an Individual Settlement Award if they do not opt out of the Class Settlement. In addition, Settlement Class Members may submit Enhancement Claim Forms to seek additional (enhanced) money under the Settlement.
Who is included?
Solely for purposes of this Class Settlement, the Parties have agreed to the certification of the following Settlement Class:
Black or African-American employees employed full-time by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., or Southern California Permanente Medical Group in California in a Covered Position in any of the following Regions at any time between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2021:
Northern California (NCAL); Southern California (SCAL); California locations of the Program Offices Region; and California locations of the KP-IT Region.
A “Covered Position” means a full-time occupied, exempt or non-exempt, non-union, non-clinical, Director-level or below job in the Administrative Support or Consulting Services job families listed in Appendix 1 to the Settlement Agreement. This excludes Intern and Student Temporary jobs in the Administrative Support or Consulting Services job families.