$1.6 Million Settlement by OFCCP in Hiring Bias Case

Thursday, May 18, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a consent decree with Palantir Technologies Inc. to resolve charges of systemic hiring discrimination at the company’s Palo Alto facility.

The decree settles OFCCP’s allegations that Palantir Technologies discriminated against Asian applicants in the hiring and selection process for engineering positions. Under the terms of the decree, Palantir will pay $1,659,434 in back wages and other monetary relief – including the value of stock options – to the affected class and extend job offers to eight eligible class members.

Executive Order 11246 prohibits an employer from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin and is required to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of employment. On Sept. 21, 2016, OFCCP filed a complaint against Palantir after the department and Palantir were unable to resolve the findings of an OFCCP investigation through the conciliation process.
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