October 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Francisco, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing Palantir Technologies of systematically discriminating against Asian-American job applicants.
The suit alleges that the Palo Alto-based firm “routinely eliminated” Asian job-seekers in the preliminary screening stages, and seeks lost wages for people affected. In one example, it says, 77% of the more than 730 qualified applicants seeking jobs as quality assurance engineers were of Asian background, but only one of the seven people hired was. Palantir denied the allegations Sept. 26, saying they were based on a “narrow and flawed statistical analysis relating to three job descriptions from 2010 to 2011.” The company, which makes software used by military, intelligence, and law-enforcement agencies to analyze massive amounts of data, was cofounded by billionaire Peter Thiel with backing from the CIA. Thiel, cofounder of PayPal, is a hardline libertarian who once wrote that giving women the right to vote “rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.” Read more