Retaliatory actions

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

Two large U.S. software firms have been found guilty of retaliation after each fired a female vice-president.

Oracle dismissed vice-president Sandy Baratta after she told her supervisors the company risked potential liability and a customer backlash for what she claimed was unauthorized use of a competitor’s product. She also alleged that Oracle discriminated against pregnant employees.

The company fired her, claiming she had coerced her subordinates into writing laudatory e-mails about her. A jury found Oracle had retaliated against Baratta, and awarded her $2.7 million U.S.