We asked. We sued. We won. We thought.
Now we’re suing again.
Last year the U.S. Department of Labor gave us diversity data for federal contractors in Silicon Valley after a long legal fight. And now the department is stalling again. So, we’re filing another lawsuit to get the same data for the same contractors, but for a different year.
Our victory in the courts meant that the public could see basic diversity statistics for large contractors such as Palantir and Oracle for the first time. The numbers revealed poor representation of women and minorities in some of the largest technology companies.
Palantir was one of 10 companies out of 167 of the largest Silicon Valley technology companies with no female executives in 2015.
The breakthrough required almost a year of legal back and forth, and resulted in the Department of Labor releasing federal contractors’ 2015 EEO-1 records over the objections of the companies, a break from a longtime policy of denying such requests.
But despite its surrender of 2015 data, the Labor Department is now refusing to release the same data for the same contractors for 2016, saying it wants to wait to see the outcome of a separate, ongoing Supreme Court case. This case, the agency argued, would determine the parameters of the exemption that it is using to withhold records as confidential business information or trade secrets.
“These records should be public,” said Victoria Baranetsky, Reveal’s general counsel. “Diversity statistics don’t qualify as confidential business information, under any possible interpretation of the law. The agency’s own actions... Read More >