On Sept. 29, it was reported that three former Oracle employees, all female, filed a lawsuit against the company for pay discrimination. The lawsuit, which was seeking class-action status in order to represent all female employees at Oracle, was filed on Aug. 28. The company has locations in Texas.
The lawsuit alleges that Oracle systematically paid its female employees lower wages than their male counterparts even though they performed equal or similar work. The lawsuit also referenced the lawsuit filed against Oracle by the U.S. Department of Labor after the agency reportedly found a pay disparity between female and male employees and discrimination against women in the workplace. Due to the fact that Oracle is required to maintain records of wage rates for all employees located in California, the company should have been aware of the pay disparity.
The three former employees were seeking the wages they were owed, plus interest and liquidated damages. Further, they want the company to fix the pay disparity and guarantee that female employees will not be paid less than male employees for similar work in the future.
Although discrimination based on gender is against the law, some companies still attempt to pay some workers less than others. Pay discrimination could result in some workers not being paid the overtime they are owed or be misclassified by the employer. An employee rights attorney could gather evidence that demonstrates that the company systematically underpaid workers or did not pay their workers equally due to discrimination. In many cases, the attorney could seek compensation for lost income.
Source: Tech Crunch, "Former Oracle employees sue company for alleged pay discrimination", Megan Dickey, Sept. 29, 2017