Oscar Veneszee, an employee with Facebook for three years, has filed a complaint with federal officials accusing the tech giant of systemic discrimination in hiring, compensation, performance evaluations and promotions of African-American employees. The complaint points out that African-Americans make up only 1.5% of technical employees.
Venezee, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran filed the complaint yesterday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after he says, complaints to Facebook managers went nowhere.
Venezee works for Facebook as a program manager in Washington D.C.
“The only way to get contributions from Black experience is to have more Black employees at the company,” Veneszee said. “I think the desire is there, but I don’t think there’s an understanding of what’s required to transition to a company that’s more open, to being diverse, bold.”
Venezee’s complaint points out that African-Americans occupy only 1.5% of Facebook’s technical positions.
Facebook says they are looking into the matter. “We take any allegations of discrimination seriously and investigate every case,” spokeswoman Pamela Austin.
”We believe it is essential to provide all employees with a respectful and safe working environment.”
Facebook has for several weeks and months been censoring, and even banning, mainly conservatives who post what they consider discriminatory or racially insensitive material on the site.