Palantir to pay $1.7m over accusation it discriminates against Asian applicants

Posted on April 26, 2017

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Sam Levin, The Guardian, 4/26/17

“The labor department first filed the suit against Palantir in September, alleging that the Palo Alto-based company used a discriminatory hiring process in which Asian applicants “were routinely eliminated in the résumé screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants”.

Like Google and Oracle, Palantir is a federal contractor, which means it’s required to follow a higher standard of equal opportunity laws and provide the government data for audits.

The DoL suit, which sought lost wages, said that from a pool of more than 1,160 qualified software engineer applicants, approximately 85% were Asian, but the company hired 14 non-Asian employees and only 11 Asian people. ”

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