Instead of releasing diversity reports for thousands of government contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor invited them to fight their public release – and specifically named Reveal’s reporter as the instigator.
The decision has far-reaching consequences for public access to information.
The Labor Department initially sided with tech companies to block the data, but released it after Reveal filed a lawsuit.
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While tech companies’ racial and gender disparities are grave, Reveal found many firms haven’t been held back by conventional excuses.
Most big Silicon Valley tech firms won’t release diversity job data. “They’re probably covering up their dismal record,” Rep. Barbara Lee said.
Disclosure proposals, which stockholders vote on, are calling on tech companies to release workforce breakdowns to get leaders to focus on diversity.
Silicon Valley companies had many reasons for withholding the data, including Yelp’s diversity officer, who called it “probably not very interesting.”
As of Oct. 19, 2017, we have been able to obtain EEO-1 reports from 23 of those companies.
Whether you’re watching Chris Rock host the Oscars, protesting outside with Al Sharpton or boycotting with Jada Pinkett Smith, you’re going to need the latest news on diversity in Hollywood.
Diversity – or lack thereof – is all over the news these days. And the picture does not look good.