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New accusations against Oracle America Inc., facing private class claims and a U.S. Labor Department suit, target the tech company’s use of prior salary as a practice that contributes to alleged workplace disparities among women and people of color.

The U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday, in the latest legal filing in its investigation into Oracle’s pay practices, pinpointed the tech giant’s use prior salary history—a common employment practice— as a “pathway” for discrimination. The document provides more details into lawsuit, filed in January 2017 at the end of the Obama administration, that suggest the company could owe as much as $400 million to minority and female workers.

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