Oracle talks the diversity talk but doesn’t walk the walk, and that’s hurting the company, a lawsuit claims.
“A sign advising applicants ‘Blacks Need Not Apply’ might as well hang at the entrance to the company’s headquarters,” the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the Redwood City software titan alleges.
The legal action by a shareholder against the company and its board of directors cites a 2019 regulatory filing by Oracle that says, “Diversity and inclusion in our workforce starts at the top.” The suit includes names and photos of the company’s 14 board members.
“Oracle’s board, which has no Black individuals, has consciously failed to carry out Oracle’s written proclamations about increasing diversity in its ranks,” the suit claims, noting that Oracle was founded in 1977. “Oracle’s board today in 2020 has no African‐Americans and no Latinos, and no Asian‐American or other minority representatives aside from Vishal Sikka. The company’s executive ranks also lack a single Black person.