Labor Department sues Oracle Claiming hiring and pay Infractions
The U.S. Department of Labor warns that the lawsuit could cost Oracle multiple millions of dollars in federal IT contracts if it is found in litigation to be non-compliant to federal rules. On January 18th a lawsuit contending that Oracle has made a practice of paying white men more then other men and women. It also unfairly favoring Asian workers when recruiting and hiring for technical positions.
Since 1977 Oracle employs 136,000 globally with about 37 percent classified as minorities and 29 percent of which are women. Women comprise 25 percent of the company’s management positions.
Source Cites Possible Political Motivation
One source cites that there could be a possible political motivation behind the lawsuit. The source quoted to eWEEK. “They have filed against Palantir and Oracle, two companies with public ties to the current administration and in the three last days of the Obama administration in an effort to pressure the new administration. It’s meant to embarrass the Trump administration; they will be stuck with these lawsuits, and the labor side will cast aspersions on the Trump administration if it moves to change the litigation posture favorably/fairly to business.”
The lawsuit was filed in the final 72 hours of the Obama administration. This does make it seem that this could be political. This is based on the inside source informing eWEEK.
“The complaint is politically motivated, based on false allegations, and wholly without merit,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said. “Oracle values diversity and inclusion, and is a responsible equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Our hiring and pay decisions are non-discriminatory and made based on legitimate business factors, including experience and merit.”
Details can be read on the Department of Labor’s website by clicking here.