NBC News: Pinterest settles shareholder lawsuit over workplace culture

NBC News: Pinterest settles shareholder lawsuit over workplace culture. “Financial details of the settlement between Pinterest, a popular social media platform for sharing images, and the shareholder, the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, were not shared publicly. As part of the agreement, the company is releasing former employees from nondisclosure agreements in cases of racial or gender-based discrimination.”

AFP: Facebook to pay $14 mn in US worker discrimination suit

AFP: Facebook to pay $14 mn in US worker discrimination suit. “Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14 million to settle a US government lawsuit accusing the tech giant of favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs, authorities announced Tuesday. US prosecutors alleged Facebook “channeled” jobs to visa holders by avoiding advertising on its careers website, accepting only physically mailed applications for some posts, or refusing to consider US workers at all.”

Phys .org: Nearly half of adults have experienced discrimination during COVID-19 pandemic

Phys .org: Nearly half of adults have experienced discrimination during COVID-19 pandemic. “Nearly half of adults (44 percent) reported having experienced some kind of discrimination since the start of the pandemic, find UCL researchers as part of the COVID-19 Social Study. Having been treated with less courtesy or respect than others was the most common type of discrimination (28 percent), followed by having been threatened or harassed (14 percent), having had people act as if they were afraid of them (13 percent), and having received poorer service for deliveries/in stores (12 percent) or in a medical setting (11 percent).”

New York Times: Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination

New York Times: Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination. “The effort comes amid a surge in violence against Asian-Americans. Over the past year, hate crime against Asian-Americans has jumped 169 percent, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, which tracks the crimes in 15 major American cities. In New York City, hate crimes have risen even more, by 223 percent.”

CNN: TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don’t know why

CNN: TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don’t know why. “Adore Me, a lingerie company that partners with all three women on sponsored social media posts, recently made headlines with a series of tweets claiming that TikTok’s algorithms are discriminating against its posts with plus-sized women, as well as posts with ‘differently abled’ models and women of color…. The issue isn’t new, either: Nearly a year ago, the singer Lizzo, who is known for her vocal support of body positivity, criticized TikTok for removing videos showing her in a bathing suit, but not, she claimed, swimwear videos from other women.”

CNET: Google settles with Labor Department over alleged hiring and pay discrimination

CNET: Google settles with Labor Department over alleged hiring and pay discrimination. “Google will pay almost $2.6 million to settle claims of ‘systemic compensation and hiring discrimination’ at offices in California and Washington, the US Department of Labor said Monday. The department said it found pay disparities that affected Google female engineering employees, as well as female and Asian job applicants.”

The Markup: Does Facebook Still Sell Discriminatory Ads?

The Markup: Does Facebook Still Sell Discriminatory Ads?. “In May, a Wisconsin health care agency, Tenderness Health Care, posted a job ad on Facebook looking for personal care workers. According to Facebook’s ‘Why am I seeing this ad’ pop-up, when the agency purchased the ad, it asked Facebook to not show it to anyone over 54 years of age. And they asked Facebook to show it specifically to people who have ‘African American multicultural affinity.’ Facebook, apparently, complied. The problem? Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of age and race, including in advertising open jobs.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees. “Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed to prevent unauthorized visitors and keep Google’s open work areas safe.”

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display. “As protestors marched across the United States in June calling for racial justice, college students and recent graduates amplified their cries on Instagram. Through dozens of new Instagram accounts, they are sharing, often anonymously, what it’s like to be disrespected and harassed for being Black on campus. They’re also highlighting resources for such things as learning about white fragility, who can and cannot say the N-word and which college courses could prepare you to open your mind and check your biases.”

CNN: Black Facebook employee and two job applicants file EEOC complaint alleging discrimination

CNN: Black Facebook employee and two job applicants file EEOC complaint alleging discrimination. “One current Facebook manager and two job applicants have filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Facebook has ‘a general policy of discrimination against Black applicants and workers, including in hiring, evaluations, promotions, and pay.’”

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination. “If you’re a full-time content creator trying to reach an audience, the Google algorithms can be brutal, especially if they seem to be discriminatory. That’s what a group of LGBTQ YouTubers is alleging in its suit against the tech giant, which finally went to its first hearing in a California court last week after months of delays.”

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives. “While students have answered the call to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they are confronted with unprecedented challenges to both them and their friends, families, and neighbors. For Asian American students, the threat of racism, targeted discrimination, and social isolation can take an additional toll. To provide students with a creative outlet, and to bring light to the experiences of Asian American students in isolation, UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) has launched Illustrated Resilience – an ongoing online exhibit of student narratives and work from professional artists intended to document student experiences and raise awareness about the personal and societal impacts of the lack of medical preparation, access to testing, imbalanced relief, and deepening inequality while providing a creative outlet through the use of visual arts.”

The Appeal: Black Women Have Long Faced Racism In Healthcare. Covid-19 Is Only Amplifying It.

The Appeal: Black Women Have Long Faced Racism In Healthcare. Covid-19 Is Only Amplifying It.. “Across the United States, Black women like [Rana Zoe] Mungin have long faced significant social, economic, and racial barriers to receiving healthcare. Wage disparities, lack of access to hospitals and doctors’ offices, and the chronic stress of racism and implicit biases from providers all contribute to worse healthcare outcomes for Black women versus their white peers. Now, doctors and policymakers are concerned that those factors are compounding in the COVID-19 pandemic, creating greater gaps in care, and potentially increasing the virus’s spread.”