A landmark discrimination lawsuit against a major technology company could have consequences for employers in Florida and across the country. According to the suit, tech giant Oracle has employed policies so discriminatory that it led to more than $400 million in lost wages for black, Asian, and female employees over a period of approximately four years.
Some tech workers in Florida may have faced workplace discrimination on the basis of race or sex. Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the company Oracle is alleged by the DOL to have underpaid female, black and Asian employees by a total of $400 million over four years.
Employees who have experienced racial discrimination on the job in Florida could take legal action. However, finding justice could be a difficult process. Recently, one employee of Blizzard spoke out regarding the ongoing discrimination he experienced after he was hired on for a full-time position with the popular gaming company in 2016. The employee, a Mexican-American male, claims he was routinely singled out by a white female coworker due to his racial background.
Florida readers may be interested to learn that a former marketing vice president for L'Oréal Cosmetics has filed a lawsuit against the company over alleged racial discrimination. She also accused the beauty giant of fostering a toxic work environment.
Southwest Airlines, which serves many locations in Florida, is now the target of a racial discrimination lawsuit. A former employee has charged the airline with tolerating racial discrimination that contributed to his job loss. According to his court filings, his co-workers had a whites-only break room at the airport where he worked.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Fanatics Inc. The litigation accuses the Florida-based athletic apparel company of harassment, racial discrimination and retaliation. The case is likely to attract a great deal of media attention as Fanatics is the world's largest seller of officially licensed sports merchandise and both the National Football League and Major League Baseball have invested in the company. The suit was filed on July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Florida cable viewers may be interested to learn that an African-American employee who once worked for TBS has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging racial discrimination. According to the woman, who was with the company for 13 years and was a manager in quality assurance, she was denied a promotion that was instead given to a white man who had fewer skills and was less qualified.
Florida readers may be interested to learn that a former Tesla employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against the automaker, claiming that the company's Fremont, California, factory is a "hotbed" for racial discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in Oakland on Nov. 13.
Very few employers openly maintain racially discriminatory policies on the books. Most have adapted to the demands of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 and strive towards a workplace free from racism. Unfortunately, however, this law did not singlehandedly solve racism on the job. Discrimination simply takes on more insidious forms and hides behind pretenses of professionalism.
A recent analysis of hiring studies that went back to 1989 revealed ongoing discrimination among employers throughout Florida and the rest of the U.S. The researchers looked at 28 studies that compared the number of job interview callbacks to the number of applicants by race. They concluded that hiring discrimination against blacks had not eased in 25 years while Latinos had only made some modest gains with callback figures.