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DOL Sues Oracle for Discriminatory Employment Practices

2017-02-14

ORACLE AMERICA INC. IS SUED BY DOL FOR DISCRIMINATORY EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Lawsuit could cost company millions in federal contracts

Today, February 14, 2017, the DOL filed a lawsuit against Oracle America, Inc. alleging that the company discriminated against female, African American and Asian employees by having a systemic practice of paying Caucasian males more than their counterparts in the same job title.

The suit also alleges that Oracle has a systemic practice of favoring Asian workers in its recruiting and hiring practices for product development and other technical roles, which resulted in hiring discrimination against non-Asian applicants.

The suit results from an OFCCP compliance review which began in 2014 at its Redwood Shores headquarters.  During the investigation, Oracle refused to comply with the agency’s requests for employment data and records.  For example, Oracle refused to provide prior-year compensation data for all employees, complete hiring data for certain business lines, and employee complaints of discrimination.   OFCCP attempted for almost a year to resolve Oracle’s alleged discrimination violations before filing the suit.

Filed with the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the complaint asks the court to enjoin Oracle permanently from discriminating against females, African Americans and Asians in compensation practices and against African American, Hispanic and Caucasian applicants in hiring practices. OFCCP is also seeking complete relief for the affected class including lost wages, stock, interest, front wages, salary adjustments, promotions and all other lost benefits of employment and a reform of discriminatory policies.  If Oracle fails to provide relief as ordered in the lawsuit, OFCCP requests that all its government contracts be canceled and that it be debarred from entering into future federal contracts. 

The complaint can be viewed here
The press release can be viewed here

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