Technology industrial giant Oracle has been forced by the Australian Federal Court to pay $18,000 in damages to former project manager Rebecca Richardson. Richardson claimed she was sexually harassed by an Oracle sales representative, Randol Tucker, in 2008 and management took no corrective action following the allegations.
According to the allegation, Tucker would repeatedly make sexual and romantic advances toward Richardson despite her wishes that he stop. Richardson requested to be taken off of a project she was working on with Tucker but did not tell management the exact reason why. When the behavior continued, Richardson filed formal complaints of sexual harassment with management and HR. Oracle eventually agreed to place Richardson on a new assignment, which she claimed was a demotion. Richardson chose to leave Oracle to continue her career in project management.
“I have loyally and faithfully served Oracle for 10.75 years,” Richardson claimed. “It is extremely unfortunate that Oracle has mismanaged this situation to such an extent that I have been compelled to issue this letter confirming the termination of our employment relationship. Only after careful consideration did I lodge the formal complaint, and I would have expected Oracle to treat this complaint with the utmost professionalism due to the seriousness of the complaint. By its own admission, Oracle mismanaged the situation and sacrificed my career path to close a $1.4 million deal.”
Just like in Australia, in the U.S. it is unlawful for a business to demote an employee due to a sexual harassment complaint. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys