Labor Department's disgraceful discrimination case against Oracle fails
Added 09-23-20 11:31:03pm EST - “In 2017, on its way out the door, the Obama Labor Department filed an action against Oracle for alleged pay discrimination against women and minority group members. The case was based on a flawed -- indeed an indefensible -- statistical…” - Powerlineblog.com
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In 2017, on its way out the door, the Obama Labor Department filed an action against Oracle for alleged pay discrimination against women and minority group members. The case was based on a flawed — indeed an indefensible — statistical analysis. I explained why in this post.
The Trump administration should have dropped the case straight away. Instead, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta pursued it. So did Gene Scalia after he became the Secretary in 2019. Both lacked the spine to buck liberal career employees determined to press forward with the Obama Labor Department’s parting gift to the left.
Yesterday, an administrative law judge ruled in favor of Oracle. The judge’s opinion, nearly 300 pages long, is here.
The essence of the ruling comes in this statement, which is similar to my critique of the DOL’s case:
The statistical evidence does not support an inference that Oracle is engaged in the alleged intentional compensation discrimination. Dr. Madden’s analysis [she was the DOL’s expert on statistics] is highly aggregated and not attuned to potentially important differences between groups within job functions.
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