The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating allegations of racial prejudice and hiring practices on Facebook, an investigation the agency has identified as ‘systemic’. Reuters report.
In July, Facebook employee Oscar Veneszee, Jr., who is Black, filed a complaint with the EEOC along with two people who recruited Veneszee but who did not hire Facebook. The complaint alleges that the social platform discriminates against black job seekers and employees and promotes racial stereotypes. Venice told NPR that Facebook has a problem with black people, and that the company could not create a culture to attract and retain black workers.
The EEOC did not bring allegations against Facebook, Reuters comments, and the agency’s investigation may not yield any findings of misconduct by the company. By designating the probe as ‘systemic’, the EEOC may suspect that Facebook’s rental policy is contributing to widespread discrimination, and such a designation could pave the way for a possible lawsuit, according to Reuters. The EEOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment The edge on Saturday.
The complaint is reminiscent of earlier criticism of Facebook’s diversity. In 2018, Facebook’s then-partnership manager Mark Luckie published an internal memo on his last day at the company sent to his co-workers, where he said the company was abusing its black employees.
“In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are real black people,” Luckie wrote. “Facebook cannot claim to connect communities if these communities are not represented proportionately.”
Facebook’s diversity report of 2020 showed that the company does not yet have its goal of having 50 percent of its staff members from under-represented groups by 2024; the figure increased from 43 percent in 2019 to 45.3 percent in 2020. Last June, Facebook employees held a virtual strike over the company’s decision not to act against former President Trump’s posts, including a report which contains the expression ‘during the looting’. start, start the shooting, ”seen as a threat to people who have been protesting against racial violence in the country this past summer.
“We believe it is essential to provide all employees with a respectful and safe work environment,” a Facebook spokesman said in an email. The edge on Saturday. “We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and investigate every case.”
Update 6 March 13:52 ET: Facebook Spokesman Comment Added