September 28, 2016; NBC News
Based on a review by its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Department of Labor on Monday filed an administrative lawsuit accusing Palantir Technologies of years of systemic discrimination against Asian job applicants. The company, currently valued at $20 billion, is one of Silicon Valley’s most profitable companies and, because of the nature of their security data analysis work, one of its most tight-lipped. Its dealings are so secretive that the lawsuit only hit the news this week even though the Department advised the company of its findings nearly a year ago. Palantir was given the opportunity to comply voluntarily, but Palantir and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance could not reach agreement and the company will face consequences.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance derives its authority primarily from Executive Order 11246. The order prevents federal contractors who receive over $10,000 in federal money per year from discriminating against protected classes. Palantir has received more than $340 million since 2010.
The filing specifically cites Palantir’s use of discriminatory hiring processes and selection procedures to eliminate Asian applicants who wer