A former Oracle employee has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company accusing it of firing him for complaining against the company’s employment practices under which Indian employee were offered a substantially lower pay than Caucasian workers holding the same position.
Ian Spandow, a former senior regional manager for database sales, filed the suit last week against the U.S. software vendor in a San Francisco federal court claiming that his December termination was in vengeance for his objection against the company’s discriminatory practice “of paying Indian employees’ wages that are substantially lower than those paid to Caucasian employees”.
Spandow, who joined the company in 2005, had earlier sought an approval to transfer an employee in India, with a successful seven-year track record with Oracle, to California in September. According to the complaint, when he requested for a salary equal to what Oracle paid its Caucasian workers for this particular Indian employee, he was told by his sales director to slash the offer by a significant amount of US$50,000 to US$60,000 as the salary would be “good money for an Indian “.
Oracle’s human resources manager even said that there was nothing wrong with offering a lower salary, Spandow added in his complaint.
In the suit, Spandow has claimed his termination from the company was unlawful discrimination based on his national origin and that too out of retaliation. He is seeking for unspecified damages.