“We have a black people problem”: Facebook under investigation of systemic race discrimination

by Peter Heck · Mar 7th, 2021 12:51 pm

Last Updated Mar 8th, 2021 at 7:15 pm

The social media giant Facebook is reportedly under investigation from the United States government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discriminating against black Americans in their hiring and promotion procedures.

Facebook operations manager Oscar Veneszee is one of four individuals who have leveled the complaint, according to lawyers.

The company offers employees a $5,000 bonus if they refer a candidate for employment who is eventually hired. According to Veneszee and others, that disproportionately reflects the current racial makeup of the company, which is predominantly non-black.

More concerning for Facebook is that the EEOC has widened the investigation from an individual infraction to one that examines whether the issue is systemic, meaning there is widespread discrimination taking place.

"We have a black people problem," Veneszee said in an interview with NPR. "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."

Facebook says they take all such allegations seriously and seek to "provide all employees with a respectful and safe working environment."


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