In the progression towards equal pay for equal work, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp. In the lawsuit, the Department of Labor claims that the corporation has a record of a “systemic practice” of paying white male employees more than their female and non-white colleagues who have the same occupation.
The Department of Labor asserted that the lawsuit resulted from the review of the equal employment opportunity practices, and Oracles’ refusal to comply with requests for employment records.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws, employers are prohibited from employment discrimination against their employees on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin. Furthermore, under the EEO Laws, specifically in regards to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it is unlawful for employers in the U.S. to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace.
In response to the allegations, Oracle stated that the lawsuit was “politically motivated, based on false allegations and wholly without merit.”
If the Department of Labor can successfully prove that Oracle pays their white male employees more than their women and non-white employees, then Oracle would be acting unlawfully and would be violating the U.S. EEO Laws.
Sources: Barbara Ortutay, US Sues Oracle, Says It Pays White Men More Than Others, ABC News, Jan. 18, 2017, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/us-sues-oracle-pays-white-men-44864247; Seth Fiegerman, Oracle latest tech firm sued by Department of Labor, CNN, Jan. 18, 2017, http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/18/technology/oracle-lawsuit-labor-department/