Facebook Under Investigation for ‘Systematic Bias’ in Hiring and Promoting Employees

San Francisco: Facebook is under investigation in the US for alleged systematic bias and racial discrimination in hiring and promotions.

According to a Forbes report, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is probing whether Facebook has engaged in systemic racial bias following a complaint filed by an employee and two job applicants.

The EEOC is now investigating whether there is widespread and “systematic” racial discrimination in hiring and promotions at the social network.

A Black manager and two Black applicants who were rejected by Facebook filed the EEOC complaint.

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A Kentucky Woman Files Lawsuit Against Hospital Workers for Covering Up a Medical Error

Kim Johnson was nervous as she sat down at her dining room table in January 2015, clutching an unopened letter from the radiology department at Fleming County Hospital in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.

Breast cancer had killed Johnson’s mother years earlier, a painfully slow death that took a toll on her entire family. The prospect of that happening to her was all Johnson had been able to think about since she’d discovered a tender lump in her right breast weeks before, prompting her doctor to send her for a mammogram. 

If she got sick, who would keep up with feeding the horses and chickens at the 101-acre family farm that she and her husband ran in northeastern Kentucky? Who would care for the three young children they’d recently adopted after raising five kids of their own?

Johnson, 53 at the time, says she ripped open the envelope, unfolded the letter, and began to read. She says her eyes fixated on four words in the first sentence: “no evidence of cancer.”

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Discrimination Lawsuit Against Amazon Claims the Company “De-Levels” Employees of Color

A Black woman who has worked at Amazon since 2017 is suing the online retailer and cloud services giant for racial discrimination, alleging the company purposely doesn’t promote employees of color and even pays them less than their White counterparts. 

Lawyers representing Charlotte Newman said in the lawsuit filed Monday in Washington D.C., that Newman interviewed for a senior manager job at Amazon after obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. Newman was offered a role at Amazon Web Services that was one pay grade below the job she had interviewed for even though she was qualified for the senior manager job at the company’s cloud-services division, her lawsuit alleges. She took the job anyway and was then asked to perform senior manager duties, the lawsuit states. 

Newman’s story isn’t unique at Amazon, her lawyers claim, citing other examples of the company “de-leveling” Black employees, or placing them in lower-level jobs that don’t match their experience and credentials.

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A Major Texas Power Cooperation Files for Bankruptcy Citing a $1.8B Bill

The largest power cooperative in Texas filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing a massive bill from the state’s electricity grid operator following last month’s winter storm that left millions of residents without power for days.

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to court documents reviewed by NPR.

The company in court documents says it received an essentially unpayable $1.8 billion bill from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the entity that maintains and operates much of the state’s electricity grid.

Brazos Electric is the wholesale energy provider for its 16-member cooperative.

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Families Sue a Georgia Chicken Processing Plant After a Nitrogen Leak Left 6 People Dead

Victor Vellez had celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife, Verónica, in mid-January. They always looked like they were still in love, according to their niece, Marisol Raygoza.

On Jan. 28, Vellez, 39, said goodbye to his wife and two children and went to work at Foundation Food Group’s chicken processing plant in Gainesville, Georgia.

Later that day, Vellez was one of six workers who were killed after liquid nitrogen leaked from the plant’s cooling system; 11 more people were hospitalized.

“He was a good worker. He was always there for his children and his wife and never denied a favor to anyone,” Raygoza said. Originally from Mexico, Vellez was a supervising mechanic at the plant and had worked there for nine years.

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The Mother of Ahmaud Arbery Files a Multi-Million Dollar Civil Lawsuit on the Anniversary of His Death

The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased and gunned down by a group of white men in Glynn County, Ga., while jogging, has filed a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against several people involved in the killing or the subsequent investigation.

The lawsuit filed by Wanda Cooper on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia comes exactly one year after her son’s killing.

The suit names Gregory and Travis McMichael, father and son, as well as William “Roddie” Bryan, all of whom are white and facing felony murder charges in connection with Arbery’s death.

The suit says the men “willfully and maliciously conspired to follow, threaten, detain and kill Ahmaud Arbery.”

The court filing also names law enforcement officials and local prosecutors and alleges they were intimately involved with an alleged cover-up in the investigation.

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Bankruptcy Judge Declines Request to Stop Harvey Weinstein’s Settlement Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. – A Delaware judge has rejected a request by four women who have accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct to put her approval of The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy plan on hold.

The judge issued a one-page order Wednesday denying the request for an emergency stay while the women challenge the approval of the plan in federal district court in Delaware.

Attorneys for the four women responded Friday by asking the district court to put the plan confirmation on hold while it considers their appeal.

According to a bankruptcy court filing, the plan has been “substantially consummated,” with an effective date of Thursday.

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A San Francisco Small Businessman is Suing Facebook for Inflating Ad Metrics

A Facebook employee warned the company was misleading advertisers by inflating their potential online audience with ‘wrong data’, a California lawsuit claims.

The social media giant is being sued by a San Francisco small businessman who claims that it overstated its ‘potential reach metric’, which informs companies of the potential online audience for an advert on the site.

Newly unsealed court papers from the suit claim that bosses at the social media giant chose not to address the problem for years after it was raised in 2018 because it would have a ‘significant’ impact on revenue.

The fraud suit is set to go to trial after the tech giant made a failed attempt to have it thrown out for alleged breach of contract by the businessman.

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NAACP is Suing Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani Over the Capitol Riot

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of conspiring with two extremist groups to block the presidential vote count by storming the U.S. Capitol.

The lawsuit, the first over the Capitol riot to name Trump, said the attack was “the intended and foreseeable culmination of a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process required to confirm the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College.”

Jason Miller, a Trump adviser, said in response: “President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

“Mayor Giuliani is not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters,” he added.

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Amazon Sues the New York AG Office Over its COVID-19 Response and Employee Termination Regulations

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the Office of the New York Attorney General (OAG) for allegedly unlawfully attempting to subject it to state oversight of activities concerning its COVID-19 response and the termination of its activist employee Christian Smalls.

In March, Amazon fired Smalls for repeatedly violating “social distancing requirements and an order to quarantine and stay off Amazon property” after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. According to Smalls, upon learning of its employees testing positive, Amazon failed to issue directives to quarantine workers; he organized several protests and demonstrations in this regard.

In light of this, Attorney General Letitia James called upon the National Labor Relations Board to launch an investigation into the incident. The OAG issued a statement:

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