4100 Women Employees Sue Oracle Over Unfair Salary, Claims Men Got Rs 10 Lakh More Compared To Women
The Cloud giant Oracle has been sued by over 4,000 former and current women employees over unequal pay in a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit.
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Initially, 6 Oracle workers had sought to be paid as much as their male colleagues and had accused the company of unequal pay in 2017.
Their fight scored a major victory this week when a California state judge certified the class action lawsuit on April 30.
According to a report in The Registrar, Xian Murray, Sophy Wang and Rong Jewett, who were employed as a project lead, a principal application engineer, and an application engineer, respectively, sued Oracle for unequal pay. They were later joined by Marilyn Clark, Manjari Kant and Elizabeth Sue Petersen as plaintiffs.
The report stated, “They claim that they were paid on average $13,000 less per year than male Oracle employees in similar positions.”
Oracle Women Score Major Win!
A California state judge certified the class action Thursday, allowing the lawsuit to advance on behalf of more than 4,000 women.
The order issued by the judge said, “First, Oracle’s contentions do not appear to be consistent with Oracle’s own documents and PMQ [Person Most Qualified] testimony.”
Additionally it said, “Oracle cannot set individual pay within a job code based on experience, education, and performance if it does so inconsistently between men and women.”
The ruling gives the women a critical upper hand in pursuing the case under the state’s Equal Pay Act.
Jim Finberg, a lawyer representing the women, said in an email, “This case will help ensure that women are paid fairly at Oracle, and we hope, throughout the tech industry.”
On the other hand, an Oracle spokesperson said, “This is just a procedural step unrelated to the merits of the case and we look forward to trying those in court.” Oracle may end paying several hundred millions dollars if a jury decided in women’s favour, stated the report.