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These Tech Firms Withheld EEO-1 Reports Due to Lack of Diversity

Tech companies like Palantir and Oracle have been keeping their diversity stats under wraps citing fear that competitors might poach their talent, among other excuses. However, a new report reveals the real reason was “embarrassment.” An investigative probe by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting led to findings that showed companies withholding information about their diversity were less diverse than their counterparts. Data analytics company Palantir, for example, had no female executives and only one white woman among their managers, according to Reveal’s investigation. The firm filed various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for the 2015 EEO-1 report showing the breakdown of a tech company’s workforce by race, gender, and broad job category. While some companies complied, others chose to block the request with claims of protecting “trade secrets.” Reveal sued the U.S government for alleging that the Labor Department was violating the Freedom of Information...

Jenna Chambers

Jan 9, 2019