Facebook Employees Allege Racial Discrimination

In a new complaint brought by Facebook operations program manager Oscar Veneszee Jr. on behalf of himself and all other black workers at Facebook, employees are claiming that there has been a “pattern or practice of discrimination against Black employees, including in evaluations, promotions, and pay.”

The class action asks the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate the company for allegedly violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

While Facebook’s workforce has grown by 400% over the past five years, the complaint states that Black workers only make up 1.5% of technical workers and 3.1% of senior leadership. It notes that these percentages have not grown despite the overall growth of the company.

Veneszee Jr. alleges that he has faced “significant challenges, racial discrimination, and hostility” at Facebook because of his race.


Additional Reading

Black Employees Allege Racial Discrimination At Facebook In New Legal Complaint, Forbes (July 2, 2020)

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