Carney R. Shegerian, founder of Shegerian & Associates, a Santa Monica-based law firm specializing in employee rights, has issued a statement aimed at all employees in light of the current news coverage surrounding Oracle being sued by its former sales executive. In his statement, Shegerian states that while all the facts are still yet to be revealed regarding the Oracle case, it’s a cautionary tale about the treatment of whistleblowers, regardless of the outcome.
The developing story on Oracle surrounds Ian Spandow, a former Oracle senior sales manager who oversaw teams in the U.S. and Europe. Spandow is suing the company, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for questioning Oracle’s decision to pay an Indian worker less than his U.S. counterparts.
Spandow alleges in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that he was told to offer a base salary to an employee he was having transferred to California from India that was far below what most employees on his team were making. When he complained that was unfair and possibly illegal, he said he was told repeatedly by managers and human resources executives that there was nothing wrong with the practice and to drop the issue. He also claims he was told by his director that the salary offered was “good money for an Indian.”
A few weeks after the alleged incident, Spandow was unexpectedly fired, despite what his complaint describes as a high-performing career marked by numerous awards. Spandow is seeking an injunction against Oracle to end its allegedly discriminatory practices and unspecified compensation and damages, as well as money to pay his legal fees.
“While we are yet to learn all the details of the Spandow v. Oracle case,” said Shegerian. “Mr. Spandow’s version of the events that transpired paint him out to be a wrongfully terminated whistleblower of wrongdoing taking place where he worked. There’s an important lesson to be learned here and that is that when information is shared about workplace wrongdoing, any whistleblower must be protected by the law, and can stand to be compensated significantly if his or her career has suffered as a result of simply being a whistleblower.”
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