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 Department of Labor gave us Silicon Valley diversity data after we sued them. Now we have to sue again. Same companies. Same data. Different year.
The Labor Department initially sided with tech companies to block the data, but released it after Reveal filed a lawsuit.
For years, the Labor Department has allowed federal contractors to block public records requests for their demographics by calling them trade secrets.
Efforts to increase diversity in technology have largely been focused on race or gender, but not both, overlooking obstacles unique to women of color.
Diversity advocates acknowledge that EEO-1 forms are imperfect. But the benefits outweigh the shortcomings.
Reveal obtained diversity data for 177 large tech companies through a unique collaboration with researchers with access to that data.
While tech companies’ racial and gender disparities are grave, Reveal found many firms haven’t been held back by conventional excuses.
We’re suing the government for diversity data filed by Silicon Valley companies including PayPal, which has waffled on promises to release its data.