Contractor Cop’s Oracle Settlement Attempts Criticized by Judge

May 24, 2019, 3:08 PM

The merits of whether the Labor Department’s contractor watchdog reasonably conciliated allegations of pay bias against Oracle America Inc. will be tested at a hearing in December.

An agency administrative law judge May 23 denied the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs an early ruling in its favor on the issue of whether it satisfied its obligations to make settlement efforts before suing Oracle for allegedly underpaying female, black, and Asian employees.

Oracle was guessing at the accusations and given “no basis to agree that it had done wrong,” Judge Richard M. Clark wrote. “Nor, in this light, was it ...

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