The Dept. of Labor has filed a complaint against Oracle, charging discrimination on the basis of race, gender and ethnicity. DOL especially alleges that the firm favors Asians in general, and Indians in particular. This is the same agency that charged that Palantir was biased against Asians, as I reported here in September.
Of course, the connection to H-1B, OPT and so on could be major. Oracle does hire a lot of foreign workers, and the general data on H-1B show that most H-1Bs are Indian. It is also worth mentioning another suit against Oracle, in which a former Oracle manager was told to underpay an H-1B because it was “good money for an Indian.”
At that time I wrote about the Palantir case, I discussed some statistical issues, which seem to be carefully addressed in this Oracle case. DOL found that
Specifically, OFCCP found gross disparities in pay [at Oracle] even after controlling for job title, full-time status, exempt status, global career level, job speciality, estimated prior work experience, and company tenure.
When the Mercury News reporter contacted me today for comment on the suit against Oracle, he asked whether I thought the Trump administration will continue to bring suits of this nature against Valley firms. Interesting question, I told him. 🙂 I said I was hopeful that they will.