R. Ross, et al. v. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Case No.: 18-CV-337830     Track Rulings In Case

This is a putative class action alleging gender-based pay discrimination under the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) and related claims. Before the Court are defendant Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s (“HPE”) demurrer to and motion to strike portions of the complaint, which plaintiffs oppose.

I. Allegations of the Operative Complaint

HPE is a multinational corporation headquartered in Palo Alto and is one of the largest information technology companies in the world, selling products and services on an enterprise level. (Complaint, ¶ 1.) Women make up approximately 1/3 of HPE’s employees, filling 81 percent of administrative support jobs, but only 17 percent of technician jobs, 22 percent of sales jobs, and 17 percent of executive/senior/official & manager positions. (Id. at ¶ 3.)

HPE does not publish the measures it takes to address the gender pay gap among its workers, and instructs employees to keep their compensation to themselves and not to c........