The lawsuit demands that Oracle executives step down and hand over their positions to ethnic minorities.
One lawsuit accused Oracle of ending discrimination that is so widespread that African Americans do not have to compete for company positions.
"An advertising sign for applicants (the" black people don't have to apply "could just as well hang at the entrance to the company's headquarters," said the lawsuit filed by Oracle shareholder R. Andre Klein at the US District Court in San Francisco Has.
Klein, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, accuses Oracle of failing to deliver on its own promise of diversity, and even goes so far that the company's top brains have ignored obvious issues within corporate culture.
"Oracle has no real commitment to diversity, and its board of directors is blind to the miserable failure of the company to ensure the" diversity "assured by directors in its filings with the Oracle Securities and Exchange Commission and their annual reports to shareholders," said in the lawsuit Oracle, chairman Larry Ellison and CEO Safra Catz, and other Oracle board members, managers, and employees who "contributed to the wrongdoing described here" are mentioned as the defendants.
Oracle chairman Larry Ellison. In the lawsuit, Ellison is asked to step down with other Oracle board members and hand over their positions to minorities. Image via Flickr / User: Oracle PR. (CCA-BY-2.0).
Klein, according to the Business Journal, found that Oracle's 14-member board has only one minority representative. There are no black executives.
"The Oracle board, which has no black people, has deliberately failed to implement Oracle's written proclamations about the increasing diversity in these ranks," the lawsuit claims. “Today, in 2020, Oracle's board has no African Americans, no Latinos, and no Asian-American or other minority representatives other than Vishal Sikka. A single black person is also missing from the company's management positions. "
The lawsuit is credible through earlier federal investigations. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor sued Oracle for wage differentials after finding that the company paid white men more than black, Asian, and female employees who held the same roles.
Paradoxically, the Department of Labor found that Oracle preferred Asian applicants for recruitment. But such employees are still paid considerably less than their white colleagues.
Similarly, it was announced that 90% of Oracle's workforce is either white or Asian. The company's stilted ethnic makeup prompted the US House Tech Accountability Caucus to blame Oracle, saying, "The fact that African Americans make up 13% and Asian Americans 5.6% of the US population, but 0% of the board and leadership of Oracle is inexcusable. ”
The Mercury News reports that the lawsuit alleges that adverse leadership and discriminatory hiring policies have caused Oracle "serious financial and reputational damage".
The lawsuit demands that Oracle's three directors, including Larry Ellison, leave the company and be replaced by a minority body. It is also requested that directors donate all compensation for 2020 to "an acceptable charity or organization whose efforts include promoting black and minorities in American businesses."
The sign "Black people don't have to apply" would be suitable for Oracle HQ
Shareholder sued Oracle on the grounds that it "has no real commitment to diversity"