It s a myth that the Inuit of the Arctic routinely push their old people out on the ice to die.But at major tech firms here in Silicon Valley, the practice is alive and well.At least that s one interpretation of the strikingly high number of age-discrimination lawsuits filed against these companies.Ninety age-discrimination suits have been filed against a dozen leading Silicon Valley companies since 2012, USA Today reported on Nov. 22.Hewlett-Packard has been the target of 28 age-discrimination suits since May 2013, while Cisco has been sued over that claim 11 times, Apple nine times, Google eight times, and Oracle and Genentech seven times each.Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook, Tesla, Twitter and Intel have also been sued for age discrimination, USA Today said.Most of the tech-company lawsuits claimed wrongful termination, with a few citing issues over hiring or promotion, according to the newspaper.One of the suits against HP claimed the company had turfed older workers to make the company younger.In a Mercury News article on that suit, UC Davis professor Norman Matloff called age-related bias in Silicon Valley standard practice.HP Inc. didn t respond to a request for comment on that story, but spinoff firm HP Enterprise said it had a long-standing commitment to the principles of equal employment opportunity and age inclusion is no exception.USA Today said its information on the lawsuits came from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.Legal experts and employees say a confluence of factors have deepened the problem: an aging workforce of people who want to, and have to, work longer; a spike in mergers and restructurings that have led companies to shed tens of thousands of workers; and evolving skill sets that have marginalized some workers and put a premium on others, the USA Today article said.Court filings from an age-discrimination lawsuit against Google revealed  in July that the firm is under federal investigation over age-bias claims.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced Thursday that it had resolved a complaint it filed against Airbnb with an agreement that forces the company to permit the state to conduct “fair housing testing” of certain hosts.The resolution of the state’s ten-month investigation is significant given that Airbnb, like many popular “sharing economy” companies such as Uber and Instacart, has repeatedly resisted existing industry regulations, arguing that it is a “platform” and not subject to local laws and requirements that apply to similar businesses.The DFEH’s original complaint – which had not previously been disclosed – was based on research and a growing number of reports suggesting that hosts regularly refuse to rent to guests due to their race, a problem exposed last year under the hashtag AirbnbWhileBlack.On social media, black Airbnb users reported experiences of facing a rejection by a host, who later accepted them when they changed their profile to a white person.Earlier this month, an Asian American woman’s account of discrimination in California went viral after she said a host cancelled on her last minute specifically because of her race, leaving her stranded in a storm.Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman previously found that black users were 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with white names in a study that analyzed thousands of listings across the US.
Following a 10-month investigation, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) will be able to test California Airbnb hosts for racial discrimination, DFEH said Thursday.The voluntary agreement reached by Airbnb and DFEH means the State of California can do fair housing tests on hosts who have three or more listings and have had discrimination complaints lodged against them.A fair housing test involves trained people posing as potential renters, or creating renter profiles with certain characteristics in order to see if the host in question is violating fair housing laws, according to a press release from DFEH."We will continue to work collaboratively with Airbnb to prevent racial discrimination by its hosts," said DFEH Director Kevin Kish in a statement.In blog post, Airbnb General Counsel Rob Chesnut said the agreement builds on ongoing efforts."Fighting discrimination is fundamental to our mission and we are committed to creating a community that is open to everyone," Chesnut said.
An Airbnb host who canceled a woman’s reservation using a racist remark has been ordered to pay $5,000 in damages for racial discrimination and take a course in Asian American studies.Dyne Suh, a 26-year-old law clerk, had booked Tami Barker’s mountain cabin in Big Bear, California, for a skiing weekend with friends in February, but Barker canceled the reservation by text message minutes before they arrived,stating: “I wouldn’t rent it to u if u were the last person on earth” and “One word says it all.This is the first time an Airbnb host has been penalized for racial discrimination under a landmark agreement between the San Francisco-headquartered accommodation marketplace and the California department of fair employment and housing (DFEH), announced earlier this year.In addition to paying monetary damages and taking a college-level course in Asian American studies, Barker must agree to comply with anti-discrimination laws, make a personal apology to Suh, participate in a community education panel and volunteer with a civil rights organization.“The law tends to be backwards-looking, focusing on compensating people for harm.We’re interested in remedies that repair harm and transform relationships.”
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) teamed with Airbnb to punish a former host for racist comments.The woman in question will have to go back to school for a class in Asian-American studies.She’ll also have to pay a $5,000 fine.The host in question was supposed to rent her home to Asian-American law student Dyne Suh last February, and the two had a falling out shortly before Suh arrived.It’s hard to say what prompted the fight, but when Suh asked why the host was reneging on the deal, the host responded, “One word says it all: Asian.”When Suh threatened to report Barker to Airbnb, the host responded with, “Go ahead.
An Airbnb host who canceled a guest’s booking and made a racist comment has been fined $5000 and forced to attend a course on Asian-American studies.The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) came to an agreement with the online hospitality service to dish out the punishment.Tami Barker, who owns a mountain cabin in Big Bear, California, was set to rent the property to Asian-American law student Dyne Suh last February.But the pair had an argument over Suh's guests in the lead-up to the booking, and despite driving through a snowstorm to reach the cabin, Barker canceled minutes before they arrived for a skiing weekend.“I wouldn’t rent it to u if u were the last person on earth,” she told Suh, via the Airbnb app.“One word says it all.
The developer of the popular League of Legends game has been facing down allegations and lawsuits over what’s reportedly a toxic workplace culture, culminating in a mass walkout when the company tried to force two women into arbitration instead of having their day in court.But it now appears that the State of California has been quietly investigating the game developer as well — and that Riot hasn’t been playing ball.The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing just announced (via Kotaku) that it’s attempting to legally force Riot to cough up employee pay data so it can see whether Riot is paying women less than men, because Riot has refused to provide that data voluntarily.The surprising part, of course, is that we had no idea Riot was under officially under investigation until now.In total, the agency says it’s investigating “alleged unequal pay, sexual harassment, sexual assault, retaliation, and gender discrimination in selection and promotion.”“DFEH has broad authority to investigate potential violations of California’s civil rights laws similar to grand jury proceedings,” reads part of a statement from DFEH director Kevin Kish.
The company suspended Chief Operating Officer Scott Gelb and began an overhaul of its internal policies.Riot Games still faces an ongoing investigation from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing regarding unequal pay between men and women and sexual discrimination.Riot Games, the creator of "League of Legends," has settled a class action suit that accused the company of fostering a sexist work environment."Therefore, rather than entrench ourselves and continue to litigate, we chose to pivot and try to take an approach that we believe best demonstrates our commitment to owning our past, and to healing the company so that we can move forward together."Read more: The company behind one of the biggest video games in the world was just slammed with a lawsuit alleging its 'bro-culture' created a sexist workplace where women were rated on their 'hotness,' told that 'no doesn't necessarily mean no,' and shown unsolicited photos of male genitaliaRiot has been overhauling its internal policies and company culture since reports of gender discrimination surfaced in August 2018, but some employees have remained critical of its approach.
The social media company plans to hire more people of color and female executives by 2025 in an attempt to create a more inclusive company.
California's employment agency said Activision Blizzard's female staff were subjected to "constant sexual harassment" and paid less for their work.
Games giant pushes back on claims of poor pay, harassment, and more in discrimination lawsuit California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Thursday sued Activision Blizzard and its subsidiaries, alleging the company fostered a "frat boy" culture that led to lower pay for female employees, sex and race discrimination, and sexual harassment.…
A recent lawsuit filed by California accuses Activision Blizzard of having a "frat boy" culture where women were routinely harassed.
A complaint filed this week alleges corrosive behavior that seems increasingly endemic to the video game industry.
A new lawsuit alleges widespread sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard | Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The president of Blizzard Entertainment sent an email to staff calling allegations of sexual harassment at the company “extremely troubling.” First reported by Jason Schreier at Bloomberg, J. Allen Brack wrote that “the fight for equality is incredibly important to me,” and that he has spent his career fighting against “bro culture.” The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed suit against Blizzard and owner Activision Blizzard on Tuesday, alleging a culture of “constant sexual harassment” existed at the company. The complaint describes a “frat boy culture” that included male employees drinking and sexually harassing female employees without repercussions. Brack is named in the complaint as being one of the... Continue reading…
A senior World of Warcraft designer says development on the game is paused in light of Activision-Blizzard's harassment case.
Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Hundreds of Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter (published by Bloomberg, Polygon, and Kotaku) that rebukes the company’s response to California’s allegations that Activision Blizzard has a discriminatory work culture and issues with sexual harassment. The company’s response to the lawsuit, which paints an extremely upsetting picture of its culture and how women are treated there, has largely been to deny the allegations. In their letter, which can be read below, the employees say that response “creates a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims,” and they call for “immediate corrections” from the company’s top leaders. The letter was written in response to both public and internal statements made by Activision Blizzard... Continue reading…
Some of the Call of Duty publisher's workers have reportedly penned a letter decrying the company's "abhorrent and insulting" response to harassment allegations.
The strike is on. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier today reported that Activision-Blizzard employees are planning a work stoppage for Wednesday, 28 July, in protest of the company’s response to a recent lawsuit. On 22 July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed suit against the Santa Monica-based company. The department investigated the company and determined it fostered a “frat boy” culture, paid women less, hired women less, and worked to keep its leadership exclusively white and male. Per the affidavit: Defendants have also fostered a pervasive “frat boy” workplace culture continues to thrive. In the office, women are subjected…This story continues at The Next Web
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