Oracle, Labor Dept. Press Pause on Pay, Hiring Bias Dispute

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By Jay-Anne B. Casuga

Oracle America Inc. and the Labor Department will attempt to mediate their legal fight over alleged pay and hiring discrimination at the company’s California headquarters, according to a recently posted administrative law judge’s order.

Judge Christopher Larsen of the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges stayed an administrative action brought by the agency’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs against Oracle ( OFCCP v. Oracle Am., Inc. , Dep’t of Labor A.L.J., No. 2017-OFC-00006, order staying proceeding 10/30/17 ).

“The parties had notified the court they wish to mediate this case, and have been in contact with Professor Eric Green of Resolutions, LLC, to serve as mediator,” the judge said. “They anticipate scheduling the mediation in January or February, 2018.”

The stay will expire March 1, 2018, absent a further order. The judge’s order, dated Oct. 30, was posted Nov. 8 on a department website that provides proactive disclosures of frequently requested records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The same judge previously required the OFCCP to turn over to Oracle documents and information that support its discrimination allegations, including statistical analyses of employment data and anecdotal evidence. Management-side stakeholders told Bloomberg Law that the earlier order could encourage more government transparency during enforcement proceedings and audits.

An Oracle spokeswoman Nov. 8 declined to comment on the stay. A DOL spokesman told Bloomberg Law that the agency doesn’t have a comment at this time.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jay-Anne B. Casuga in Washington at jcasuga@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bna.com

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