Federal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority
Added 08-13-20 03:57:03pm EST - “A federal litigator filed a complaint alleging Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia abused his authority by getting involved in a pay discrimination case against Oracle, a company with ties to the White House,” - Thehill.com
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A federal litigator filed a complaint alleging Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Making a difference in the age of COVID-19 GOP rolls out trillion coronavirus relief package MORE abused his authority by getting involved in a pay discrimination case against Oracle, a company with ties to the White House, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Janet Herold, who has overseen the Oracle case’s litigation, submitted a complaint last week with the federal Office of Special Counsel, alleging that the Labor secretary interfered with the case to promote a settlement that she thought was too low.
Oracle’s case involves whether the tech company could owe between $300 million and $800 million in back pay for women, African American and Asian American workers who say they were paid less than white and male employees.
A department official with knowledge on the case told the Times that Herold informed him that she learned Scalia wanted to settle for $40 million before the case’s December trial. Herold reportedly told colleagues she opposed the proposed settlement because it was too low, the official said.
Herold’s complaint asserts that Scalia intervened in the case shortly after he was confirmed, one of Herold’s lawyers Debra Katz told the Times. The lawyer said evidence in the complaint and “the anticipated testimony of career service attorneys” at the department will show Scalia’s involvement “in intervening in the Oracle litigation were improper.”
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