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New claims against Oracle confront prior salary as discrimination 'pathway'

Erin Mulvaney of The National Law Journal writes, "New accusations against Oracle America Inc., facing private class claims and a U.S. Labor Department suit, target the tech company’s use of prior salary as a practice that contributes to alleged workplace disparities among women and people of color.

The U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday, in the latest legal filing in its investigation into Oracle’s pay practices, pinpointed the tech giant’s use prior salary history—a common employment practice— as a “pathway” for discrimination. The document provides more details into lawsuit, filed in January 2017 at the end of the Obama administration, that suggest the company could owe as much as $400 million to minority and female workers.

The Labor Department’s allegations come as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide whether to take up the scope of the federal Equal Pay Act with a case that confronts whether salary history can be used to justify paying men and women separately for similar jobs.

Workers rights advocates have long targeted the practice as perpetuating trends that keep minorities and women underpaid compared to male counterparts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against a California school district, and the case is now pending the justices’ review at the high court." READ MORE>>

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