Three former Oracle employees, Rong Jewett, Sophy Wang and Xian Murray, are suing Oracle on allegations of paying women less than men in similar job positions. The lawsuit, which was filed on Aug. 28, now seeks a class-action status to represent all other women who have worked at Oracle.
The lawsuit states:
“Oracle has discriminated against its female employees by systematically paying them lower wage rates than Oracle pays to male employees performing substantially equal or similar work under similar working conditions. As a result of its unlawful and/or unfair business practices, Oracle has reaped and continues to reap unfair and illegal profits at the expense of plaintiffs and class members.
“Accordingly, Oracle should be disgorged of its illegal profits, and plaintiffs and class members are entitled to restitution with interest of such ill-gotten profits in an amount according to proof at the time of trial. Oracle is required to maintain records of the wages and wage rates, job classifications, and other terms and conditions of employment of all of its employees throughout California. Oracle therefore knew or should have known that it paid female employees in covered positions less than it paid their male counterparts for performing substantially equal or similar work, yet Oracle took no steps to eliminate its unlawful and discriminatory pay practices at any time during the class period.
“Oracle has known or should have known of this pay disparity between its female and male employees, yet Oracle has taken no action to equalize men and women’s pay for substantially equal or similar work. Oracle’s failure to pay female employees the same wage rates paid to male employees for substantially equal or similar work has been and is willful.”
James Finberg, an attorney with San Francisco firm Altshuler Berzon, is representing the plaintiffs. Finberg said, “We’re in the discovery phase right now.” He said he believes Oracle engaged in a “clear pattern” of behavior of paying female employees less than male counterparts.”