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Oracle defeats fired manager’s claim of anti-Indian bias

The judge said Oracle has submitted evidence showing that it terminated Ian Spandow for legitimate, non-retaliatory reasons

Ian Spandow, who was a senior regional manager in database sales, alleges that he was fired for complaining after being told to offer less pay to an employee from India than others in identical jobs. Photo: AFPPremium
Ian Spandow, who was a senior regional manager in database sales,
alleges that he was fired for complaining after being told to offer less pay to an employee from India than others in identical jobs. Photo: AFP


San Francisco/Wilmington, Delaware: A former Oracle Corp. senior sales manager lost his lawsuit alleging he was fired for complaining after being told to offer less pay to an employee from India than others in identical jobs.

Ian Spandow, who was a senior regional manager in database sales, claimed his termination was in retaliation for his opposition to what he called a discriminatory practice “of paying Indian employees wages that are substantially lower than those paid to Caucasian employees."

US district judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in Oakland, California, dismissed the case on Wednesday.

“Oracle has submitted evidence showing that it terminated Spandow for legitimate, non-retaliatory reasons," she wrote, and “Spandow fails to produce sufficient evidence to raise a triable issue of fact" in his case.

The judge said Spandow was fired for failure to take part in some training, use of “inappropriate and unprofessional e-mails and ‘‘derogatory remarks’’ about colleagues.

Clarice Liu, an attorney representing Spandow, didn’t immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment on the ruling. Bloomberg

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Published: 20 Aug 2015, 08:39 AM IST
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