Government lawsuit against the huge Silicon Valley data-analytics firm comes at a time of heightened debate about discrimination in the tech industry - From the Guardian
Sam Levin in San Francisco Wednesday 26 April 2017 15.17 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 26 April 2017 15.18 EDT Palantir, a Silicon Valley company with ties to Donald Trump, has agreed to pay $1.7m to settle a government lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian applicants.
The $20bn data-analytics company, co-founded by Peter Thiel, one of the president’s advisers, has not admitted wrongdoing in the settlement, which comes at a time of increasing debate about discrimination in the tech industry.
Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has previously suggested he believes that there are too many Asian executives in Silicon Valley.
In the final year of Barack Obama’s administration, labor officials targeted the California tech sector with high-profile lawsuits alleging discriminatory employment practices at Palantir, Oracle and Google.
In addition to his suggestions that there are too many Asian CEOs, Bannon, the former Breitbart chairman with ties to white nationalism, has broadly complained about Asian engineers and foreign students taking jobs away from US-born citizens.