Oracle sued for unlawful firing over lower Indian pay

Oracle sued for unlawful firing over lower Indian pay

Summary: Former employee sues the U.S. software vendor for allegedly firing him after he objected to instructions to lower a salary offer to an Indian worker.


Oracle is facing a lawsuit for allegedly firing a worker who objected to the company's employment practices, in which he was told to make a salary offer to an Indian employee that was lower than what it pays Caucasian employees.

Wrongful firing
Dismissed employee said he was told to lower a pay offer to an Indian worker.

A former senior sales manager last week filed suit in a San Francisco federal court against the U.S. software vendor, alleging his termination in December was in retaliation to his objection over what he described as a discriminatory hiring practice, reported Bloomberg.

Previously a senior regional manager for database sales, Ian Spandow said Oracle paid "Indian employees wages that are substantially lower than those paid to Caucasian employees". 

He said he had sought approval in September to transfer an employee in India, who had a successful seven-year track record with the company, to it office in California. Spandow requested for this employee to receive a salary equal to what Oracle paid its Caucasian workers, but was told to slash the offer by a significant amount of US$50,000 to US$60,000. When he raised his objections, his sales director said the pay offer would be "good money for an Indian", he filed in his civil rights complaint. 

He added that the company's human resources manager said it was fair to offer a lower salary. 

Spandow is from Ireland and had joined Oracle in 2005 on an L-1 visa. In his suit, he said his dismissal from the company was unlawful discrimination based on his national origin and was carried out as retaliation. He is seeking unspecified damages, according to the report. 

Topics: IT Employment, Enterprise Software, Legal, Oracle, India


Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 16 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.

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  • What's the lesson here?

    I agree it's unfair to offer him less, but the lesson learned here by Oracle will be: don't transfer anyone from other countries. Leave them there.
  • Modern Day Slavery

    Oracle has one of the lowest pay rates in the SF bay area. Minorities in general at Oracle are paid way below market range, it is all minorities not just Indians at Oracle that are underpaid. Modern day slavery.
    On the other hand, Safra Catz, President and CFO of Oracle has been maintaining the position of the highest paid woman in the US for the past few years!!
    What a shame.
    Ab Lincoln
  • No surprise - that is the norm

    This is not surprising as ORACLE
    has demonstrated to act with doubtful business and HR-practices. For
    example Rodger Smith SVP UGBU has hired Bill Devereaux who is known in
    the market as spying, lying and infiltrating. PG&E was fined with
    390.000$ for the wrongdoing of Bill and PGE subsequently fired Bill - But
    ORACLE hired this expert and fired many other trustworthy and loyal
    employees. And moreover ORACLE has promoted Bill Devereaux and rewarded Bill with a strong 6 figure salary.

    All of that is public and can be reviewed on google,
    youtube, CPUC, PGE, ORACLE, etc... just search for "Ralph the Smart Meter Spy"

    At the same time ORACLE is firing
    people in different high cost European countries to hire in low cost
    countries and optimizing / circumventing labor, fiscal and social laws.