Vice News reports:
Working at Palantir sounds pretty sweet. According to jobs site Glassdoor, the secretive data analysis startup pays software engineers six-figure salaries, and interns can get $7,500 a month plus corporate housing in places like Palo Alto or New York. But according to the Department of Labor, white applicants have a dramatically unfair advantage in landing those gigs. In a lawsuit against the Palo Alto tech company filed Monday, the government charges Palantir with violating federal law by “using a hiring process and selection procedures that discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering positions on the basis of their race.”
The filing says that from a pool of 1,160 “qualified applicants” of whom “approximately 85 percent were Asian” for software engineering jobs, the company selected 14 non-Asian applicants and 11 Asian applicants. And for quality assurance engineering intern roles, the company hired 17 non-Asian applicants and 4 Asian applicants from a pool of 130 candidates that was “approximately 73 percent Asian.” The government further charges that Palantir screened Asian applicants at the resume stage, and also discriminated against them when referred by Palantir employees.
Palantir “is on track to generate more than $1 billion in revenue this year; a large proportion of that sum comes from contracts with the Army, the C.I.A. and the F.B.I.” (New York Times). All of Palantir’s federal contracts are at risk if it is found to be engaging in discriminatory hiring practices.
Unfortunately many mainstream news outlets aren’t mentioning that this is Thiel’s company, which is frustrating because this quisling kapo truly deserves her just desserts and her dirty laundry aired in public.