Report: Facebook Under Investigation For ‘Systemic’ Racial Discrimination Practices

‘We have a black people problem’

It is reported that Facebook is under investigation by The United States government for racially discriminatory hiring and promotion practices.

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Reuters revealed that the investigation is led by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the government agency tasked with protecting the civil rights of employees.

The word about the investigation was spread by lawyers representing Facebook operations manager Oscar Veneszee and three others who were denied jobs at the social media giant.

Facebook allegedly discriminates against black employees and job candidates “by relying on subjective evaluations and promoting problematic racial stereotypes.”

An instance of discrimination is that Facebook awards employees a $5,000 bonus if they refer a job candidate who is eventually hired.

Yet, the allegations claim that “referred candidates tend to reflect the makeup of existing employees,” which allegedly disadvantage black employees.

Therefore, the EEOC now tries to discover whether the alleged racial bias is “systemic,” which means the government “suspects company policies may be contributing to widespread discrimination.”

Reuters continued::

“The EEOC typically resolves disputes through mediation or allowing complainants to sue employers. But agency officials designate a few cases “systemic,” enabling investigators to rope in specialists to analyze company data and potentially bring a broader lawsuit representing entire classes of workers.


 The EEOC brought in systemic investigators by last August and received detailed briefing papers from both sides over the last four months, said Peter Romer-Friedman, an attorney at Gupta Wessler representing Veneszee and the job candidates.”

Veneszee, a 23-year Navy veteran, filed a complaint with the EEOC last July, saying:

“We have a black people problem. We’ve set goals to increase diversity at the company, but we’ve failed to create a culture at the company that finds, grows and keeps black people at the company.”

However, the platform has not responded to the allegations but said:

“It is essential to provide all employees with a respectful and safe working environment.”

According to Facebook spokesman Andy Stone:

“We take any allegations of discrimination seriously and investigate every case.”

This is not the first time technology giants like Facebook and Google face allegations of discrimination.

Last month, Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against women and Asian employees.

Back in December, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Facebook over allegations the company had discriminated against American workers.

Then-Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said:

“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers.”

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Source: Reuters 

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