Top federal contractors like Dell, Lockheed Martin refused to make diversity data public. Some have paid to settle employment discrimination claims.
Federal contractors who employ 1 in 5 Americans are required to give women and people of color opportunities to advance. Many do not, new data shows.
The data is the largest trove of corporate diversity information ever made public, thanks to a yearslong legal battle by Reveal.
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.