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Oracle sued by Department of Labor over wage practices

A lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Labor could have wide-ranging effects for employers in New York and around the country. The lawsuit targets the tech giant Oracle, and it alleges that over the past four years the company has cost workers more than $400 million in lost wages through discrimination.

According to the Department of Labor, Oracle's policies have had a discriminatory effect on employees who are black, Asian or female. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2017, was based upon the conclusions of a 2014 investigation into the matter by the agency. According to the lawsuit, Oracle discriminated against its workers in a number of ways. The issues began before some workers were even hired, as Oracle is alleged to have discriminated in its college and university recruitment efforts. According to the Department of Labor, Oracle hired an unusually large number of Asian workers from other countries. These workers relied on visas and their jobs with Oracle to stay in the United States. This gave Oracle tremendous leverage to depress salaries.

The lawsuit also alleges that black, Asian and female employees were channeled into less lucrative career paths within the company. The lawsuit goes on to allege that Oracle's practice of basing pay rates on prior salaries also has a discriminatory effect. The purpose of the lawsuit is to force the cancellation of all federal contracts with the technology company. It is believed these contracts are worth more than $100 million per year to Oracle.

For workers in the technology sector, discrimination based on their race or gender is a reality. People who feel that they have been the victim of such unlawful behavior might want to meet with an attorney in order to see what remedies might be available.

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