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Palantir Technologies to pay over $1.6 million to resolve OFCCP hiring bias claims


Consent decree requires Palantir to pay $1,659,434 in back wages and other monetary relief

Palantir Technologies, a computer software and services company specializing in data analysis, has entered into a consent decree with OFCCP to resolve a compliance review initiated in July 2011 and an administrative complaint filed with the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges on September 21, 2016. 

The consent decree resolves charges that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures for three different engineer positions at its Palo Alto facility.  Palantir will pay $,1659,434 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. 

The DOL suit alleged that as a result of the compliance review, OFCCP determined that, from January 2010 to the present, Palantir:

  • Discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering positions in their hiring process and selection procedures.
  • Maintained a hiring process in which Asian applicants were routinely eliminating in the resume screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as White applicants.
  • Hired a majority of its applicants from a discriminatory employee referral system which resulted in discrimination against Asian applicants.
On April 21, 2017, ALJ Steven Berlin entered an order approving the consent agreement which states that Palantir denies the allegations and that the company presented the agency with alternative statistical analyses, which shows its hiring process for the three engineer positions had no adverse impact on Asian applicants.

The company provided the Employment Law Daily the following statement on April 26, 2017.  “We disagree with the allegations made by the Department of Labor. We settled this matter, without any admission of liability, in order to focus on our work.  We continue to stand by our employment record and are glad to have resolved this case.” 

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