Tech Industry Fights to Keep EEO Data Secret: What Are Companies Hiding?

Chris Hoenig, DiversityInc, October 2, 2013

The tech industry is going to great lengths to keep its lack of diversity a secret.

A multiyear investigation by Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury News has found that not only do Silicon Valley’s biggest companies refuse to share their diversity data, but they have also fought to keep their information under wraps.

Swift sought diversity information from 15 of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. After an 18-month battle with the newspaper, only five disclosed EE0-1 information. And in a follow-up investigation by CNN, only three out of 20 companies voluntarily provided their EEO-1 data: Dell (No. 37 in the DiversityInc Top 50), Ingram Micro and Intel.

Although the companies cited “competitive information,” John Sims, a law professor at the University of the Pacific and an expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law, told the Mercury News that objections from companies such as Google and Apple were “absurd.”

When the information that was gathered is analyzed, it paints a picture of declining diversity among Silicon Valley’s big tech companies. Even though the companies analyzed grew in numbers between 2000 and 2008 (a 16 percent growth in the workforce), the percentages of Blacks, Latinos and women in their ranks all dropped.

Despite making up the majority of the population in Silicon Valley, women went from 37 percent of the workforce in 1999 to 33 percent in 2005. The number of Black employees dropped by 16 percent in the half-decade to start the century, while the share of Latino workers fell by 11 percent.

The same declines were seen in management-level positions. Only about 300 of 6,000 managers were Black or Latino, a 20 percent drop over five years. {snip}

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Every year, companies with more than 100 employees are required to file an EEO-1 report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The report is a simple, one-page form that lists employees by their self-identified race and gender.

While the data is officially listed as confidential by the government, companies do have the option to publicly share their EEO-1 data. {snip}

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Many of the companies, based in an area with a population of more than 4 million people, declined to provide the information. Six companies went so far as to file lawsuits to block the requests, claiming that sharing the information would give competitors an insight into their business practices and potentially hurt the company.

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Google publicized its donation of more than $8 million in money and equipment in late 2009 to help candidates from underrepresented groups find work in the tech industry (Google had $23 billion in gross revenues that year), yet the company still fought to keep its own diversity data a secret.  “We don’t release this information for competitive reasons,” a spokeswoman said.

A judge agreed, allowing industry giants Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Oracle and Applied Materials to withhold their employment data. {snip}

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  • Puggg

    I think they’re covering up, but I don’t think they’re covering up because they have a lack of diversity. I think they’re trying to cover up all the Indians and Asians that work for them, and trying to cover up how few white people work at these firms.

    • joesolargenius

      You mean how few American born citizens are working for them don’t you .

  • They refuse to hire English-speaking white men.

    • Jefferson

      Over 90 percent of the time when I am on the phone with someone from Comcast, the person on the other line is speaking English with an Indian accent.

      Comcast where White people need not apply.

      • if you saw the Comcast callcenter in Tinley Park. You would vomit.

  • D.B. Cooper

    All of these powerful companies, and even they quiver at the thought of offending ethnic groups incapable of their own Silicon Valleys. Perhaps a more fitting name for that area would be Silicone Valley, as in what they use for fake boobs.

  • Truthseeker

    The fact that they have to monitor businesses for “diversity” is unsettling in itself.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      You said a mouthful, Truthseeker. Govt has no business dictating racial stats in a business. It stinks of police state big government overreach.

      • ms_anthro

        We are frogs in a pot and the water is starting to visibly boil. This has been going on for decades.

  • willbest

    “file lawsuits to block the requests, claiming that sharing the information would give competitors an insight into their business practices and potentially hurt the company.”

    They want to keep their H1-B usage secret, because they will start getting swarmed with lawsuits filed by Americans who could do those jobs but weren’t allowed the opportunity to because the company didn’t take reasonable steps to hire a US citizen first.

  • Spartacus

    Diversity’s not working for Zuckerberg ? Good – let’s hope he gets a lawsuit !

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I would very much enjoy seeing him fall victim to a good shakedown.

      • Spartacus

        I would enjoy seeing him eaten alive by pygmies, but I’ll settle for some harassment if we can’t get that.

        • David Ashton

          I have just been re-reading Hans Guenther’s main work on the races of Europe and noticed his comment that Mediterranean whites, as in Romania, had an inclination towards sadism.

          • Spartacus

            He may very well be right . For all our sakes, let’s hope all the people of Europe have a sadistic streak hidden somewhere, or else we might not make it .

          • David Ashton

            By far the kindest and ablest nurse in my hospital ward two years ago was a Romanian (but then we were both whites).

            I have come across several efficient (though also quite European-looking) medical people from south Asia in our “National” Health Service, and one frankly useless (white) Austrian, among our unduly large proportion of foreign doctors. There have also been some hair-raising scandals involving non-white personnel.

            Our exchange on Romanian and Bulgarian migrants next year could not be developed on another thread which has been closed for further comment.

          • Spartacus

            There’s quite a few medical personnel from Romania working in the UK, 10.000 doctors last time I checked, and an even bigger number of nurses . Still, I’d rather have them here, taking care of their own .

          • David Ashton

            The number surprises even me. But we share the same view: each to his own. Something must be done about the mobile criminal gangs in Europe, not to mention the vile drunken “white” scum of “English” origin who destroy our national reputation as well as their continental destinations.

          • Spartacus

            Bah, don’t be too harsh on the football ultras. They usually don’t harm anyone other than the ultras from the other team, who are there to fight as well .

            But I may be subjective as I used to be one of them 🙂

          • David Ashton

            Now why am I not surprised?

            Actually I had in mind not the soccer bunfighters so much as the trashers of tourist spots.

          • Spartacus

            Yeah, we have some of those too . Still, not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things .

      • leftists are delusional

        There won’t be any genuine shakedowns of Zuckerberg or his buddies as long as the head of the Federal Reserve shares the same characteristic as every Fed Chair (save those appointed by notorious anti-Semite Jimmah Carter) since 1970.

        Lawrence Summers who was the leading candidate, and Janet Yellen who is now the front runner just happen to share that characteristic that only 2.14% of the US has.

        But the gentile run tech companies might.

    • JohnEngelman

      If a Jew does something complicated, I know it will be done well.

      Today I got the flu vaccine. It took a black pharmacist fifteen minutes to do what ought to have been routine. I wonder if I got the flu vaccine, or something else. I wonder if he has been using the same needle all day.

      • I’d rather have flu than HIV or an alphabet soup of Hepatitis.

        What did you think when you let an African’t inject an unknown substance into your body?

        We only see white doctors.

        • bigone4u

          It’s been getting harder to find white doctors for the last 20 years or more. There are lots of Hindus who have taken up medicine. I wonder if under Obamacare you can be forced to accept a black doctor.

          • If I have to accept a groid as a “doctor”, I’ll be on the “Get Well By Myself Plan”. White people appear to be very resistant to most diseases. I haven’t been sick since I had whooping cough in Australia, 15 years ago.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            I don’t know, Michael, if that is such a wise plan.

            Stuff happens when you don’t expect it. A life of confident health and well-being can change in the blink of an eye.
            Last month, thinking increased mitral valve dysfunction, consulted my cardio for shortness of breath on the mildest of exertion.

            After clearing cardiac status, cardio ordered stat blood work. At 1900 hrs, his urgent call insisting on immediate admit to the E.R. for infusion of two units of packed cells. Blood work revealed a “panic level” hemoglobin at 6.8, [for females, l2 considered normal].

            All night in the E.R., repeat blood work with type and x-match, CT scan, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, chest films, 2 units of A Negative blood would have cost me a fortune were private pay the only option.

            All exams were negative.

            The etiology I researched, discovered on my own: Studies have demonstrated that RX’d proton pump inhibitors, i.e. Prilosec, result in severe anemia in a significant number of individuals.

            I discontinued Prilosec, am dosing with OTC Folate, B complex, B12, Vit D, low dose Vit. C, and a high Fe diet.
            Hgb now at 12, in spite of not taking oral or I.V. Fe, which I cannot tolerate.
            The belabored point: one moment, well and happy, the next moment, a spiral into the jaws of the medical non-care industry, bankruptcy and a second mortgage if no safety net of insurance.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            Medicine is an ethnic stew, but that is all there is no matter where you go. Even so, choose carefully.

            To wit: Internist is UCSF grad second generation Japanese woman who is not threatened by my participation in my own case management.

            Cardio is German [Jewish apostate] man who performed an arteriogram on me so skillfully there was no trace of femoral hematoma, [I have mitral valve prolapse, common in overachiever, driven women].

            G.I. is N.Y. born John Hopkins educated second generation Chinese man.

            GYN is Swedish born, UCSF trained woman.

          • I didn’t see any African’ts from Caribbean diploma mills on your list.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            And you won’t, Michael. As I said, choose carefully. Research backgrounds, check patient reviews online.

      • itdoesnotmatter

        John E., for gawd’s sake, why did you allow a bantu to inject you? You have no way of knowing what substance he pulled up into that syringe.
        Chances are, he is not a state registered and licensed pharmacist with a degree. More than likely, he’s a superficially trained pharmacy technician.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The tech industry is going to great lengths to keep its lack of diversity a secret.

    LACK of diversity? Isn’t it funny that DiversityInc assumes that the nation’s most SUCCESSFUL tech companies are suffering from a LACK of diversity!

    If diversity is really our “strength” then doesn’t it stand to reason that the most successful companies would have the HIGHEST diversity? Yet, DiversityInc is certain that the tech companies are keeping their diversity figures a secret because they’re suffering from a lack of diversity.

    Something is not quite right here! Could it possibly be that DiversityInc knows that diversity is NOT a “strength” at all and therefore it must be enforced by the whip?

  • Luca

    We are becoming like the Soviet Union as far as edicts and mandates.

    Soviet workers were always pushed to increase the production whether in the farm or the factory. Once they achieved the quota, they were rewarded… with higher quotas.

    Same here, we can never do enough until all White christian heterosexual males are castrated or killed.

    The state is dictating who you can hire and who you can’t (White male citizens).

    • Dubyasee

      Luca, I enjoy your posts. You have a knack for going right to the heart of the matter.

  • bigone4u

    Blacks and Latinos don’t have the brain power to do the work of designing sophisticated computer software and hardware. Many of these companies are owned by whites or Jews, with whites and Jews in positions at the top (e.g.,Jew Marissa Mayer at Yahoo), white middle managers, and with vast armies of Hindu drones doing the grunt work. The industry is too competitive to hire white males who won’t work for pennies on the dollar the way Hindus will. Blacks and Latinos won’t work cheap either, but in any case usually can’t justify a salary of even pennies on the dollar. Notice that a judge allows them to keep their dirty little secrets.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Exactly. Shows you how corrupt this legal system. I told an attorney friend of mine a year ago that I believed that most judges are paid off. He did not disagree with me

    • anew

      Mayer isn’t Jewish. She’s Finnish and a Lutheran.

      • Sick of it

        Mayer is not a Finnish name!

        • Dubyasee

          Not according to Ramzpaul LOL

        • anew

          Her mother is Finnish. I can’t find anything on her father, but my guess is German, not jewish. I mean, come on man, she’s a Lutheran from friggen Wausau, WI, and just look at her.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            Things are not always what they seem, name wise.
            My grandmother’s maiden name was Birkheimer, [originally Pirkheimer] which sounds German Jewish, but it is not.
            My x-husband Weiβleder. Also not Jewish.

          • Sick of it

            And just look at Angela Merkel/Kasner. The Catholic Church is also filled with their esteemed relatives.

      • bigone4u

        I first read that Marissa Mayer is Jewish on the Business Insider website and took their word for it. Looking up the google search term “marissa mayer jew” just now, I see that there are quite a lot of websites stating she is Jewish. Anyway, Zuckerberg and many others are Jewish, the point being that blacks, latinos, and Hindus are generally not in the top echelon, while whites and Jews are.

  • Ummmm: Attention all black people: Programming is not the same as using Blackberry Messenger or Twitter.

    • 1stworlder

      It is if the companies have to hire tokens.

    • Stan D Mute

      The overwhelming majority of blacks have no clue what it is white people do, whether software programming, gene sequencing, or just budget balancing. It’s all white man juju. They do believe however that if they are *given* the trappings of white success, the nice home, the nice car, the corner office, that they will somehow also acquire the juju – as if it is the trappings of success that created the success. We must constantly remind ourselves that the average adult black has the intellect of an average eleven year old white child. He can mimic what he sees the white adults doing, but hasn’t the depth of cognition to understand that it all follows the value of the work performed as determined by the (somewhat) free market. For rather extreme examples of this, look at some of the videos on the web of African “inventors” who have built airplanes and helicopters behind their mud huts and actually expect the things to fly.

  • Puggg

    All the Asian diversity doesn’t seem to count here.

    • Jefferson

      When the subject of Silicon Valley comes up, the term diversity is only reserved for Hispanics and African Americans.

      Since Silicon Valley does not have enough Squat Monsters and Bantus, it is not considered racially diverse enough.

      When the subject of Silicon Valley comes up, Asians all of a sudden are considered honorary Whites.

  • IKantunderstand

    These S.O.B.s only care about making money. They don’t care about AA, they don’t care about hiring qualified White men. They only want to hire competent drones. The Asians(all kinds) are perfect. We Whites are losing traction in the country that we and our ancestors have shed blood to create and maintain. The government is shut down? Really? Really? We should all fall down on our knees and thank the Lord above. Sadly, that is a lie. The only things shut down by Obama are those things near and dear to the hearts of Whites. The ONLY people who are affected by this shutdown(not counting federal emps.) are WHITES! National Parks? Museums? War Memorials? Oh, come on, people! Do you think there is any Black in the so called U.S., who gives a flying fig that the park at Gettysburg is closed down? And, of course, I choose that one on purpose. The Blacks who live in this country do not identify with being American. They do not identify with this country at all. And, yet, the powers that be, think all these new immigrants will automatically integrate into American society. Blacks have been in this country for four hundred years, they have still not assimilated. We Americans have done everything possible to bring about assimilation. We have changed laws, we have enacted racial quotas, we have ruined cities in our quest to bring about integration, and assimilation. Gosh, has it worked? Heck no! It hasn’t worked, because it is against nature. The same natural law will hold forth in terms of assimilating all the other foreigners this country has decided to take in, without ONCE asking the citizens how they felt about it. So, we are to assume, that despite the fact that Afro Americans, who have lived in this country longer than most of the Whites ancestors have, have never EVER felt like real Americans; all the new brown and black hordes, will? Are you people mental?

    • ms_anthro

      The powers that be do not think the invaders will integrate into American society. Their goal is to destroy the very fabric of American society so that they can replace it with something else.

      It’s dangerous to assume that the globalists are acting in good faith or that they believe what they sell to the proles via their propaganda organs in the mainstream media.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    How many people from India or Asians have these pro illegal alien companies hired in comparison with their percentage of the population? I am quite sure they are overly represented.

    How did we ever survive without diversity? The mind boggles.

  • 1stworlder

    Of course their comments are pre approve moderated.

  • sbuffalonative

    Are Indians and Chinese not included in diversity?
    But the reality remains. If Blacks, Hispanics, and women had the skills to fill these jobs, they would be hired first.

  • WR_the_realist

    There is a lack of diversity. The employees are all Asian Indians. Tech companies refuse to hire American citizens these days.

    • Joe Mack

      What is crazy is that Indians have a lower average IQ than American blacks!

      When I was in Barcelona last year, there were Indians in the streets at night. They were all selling beers (but really drugs). They were the lowest of the low in Spain. Not at all the kind of Indian that comes to America to work. We are obviously getting a selective population of them coming here.

      But I can tell you that very VERY few indian programmers are any good. They lack imagination, and will spin the wheels of most projects they are given. They must be told very specifically what to make, and they will not offer any ideas or suggestions for improvement.

      It is really sad for our economy and American industry that they are replacing talented imaginative Americans with this incredibly inferior population of programmers.

      • WR_the_realist

        Certainly the average Indian immigrant has higher IQ than the average IQ among Asian Indians overall. This is in sharp contrast to Mexico — we’re getting Indian college graduates and Mexican peasants. The educated Mexicans can generally do okay in Mexico so stay home. So while the average IQ of Mexicans overall is no lower than the average IQ of Asian Indians, we have Mexican lawn care workers and Indian programmers.

        I’ve known some very intelligent Asian Indians, but they were academic researchers, not programmers. Among the Asian Indian programmers I’ve known, they tend to be mediocre to average. Okay, for the most part, but not super stars. The reality is that there is an enormous range of productivity among programmers. But management doesn’t think that way. To them two programmers with the same buzz words in their resumes are equivalent, so you may as well hire the cheap one. Thus they hire all those H1-b workers.

  • JohnEngelman

    Once I had a one year computer contract with a prestigious high tech field in Silicone Valley. About fifteen computer programmers were hired temporarily for a software project. All of us were white. One programmer was hired for a permanent position, with health and retirement benefits. He was black.

    He also never completed a single assignment during the course of the entire year. It also did not matter. At the end of the year we had to look for another job again. I had to move seventy miles away. He kept his job.

  • Bill

    They may want to keep mum because they have a lot of foreign (so. and east Asian) workers on temporary status on their payrolls.

  • Juan Outtamany

    Just count south Asians as Black.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Here’s a bigger secret: Where are they hiding all those black computer geniuses we see so often on TV and in the movies?

    • Joe Mack

      Clearly in Nigeria, where they are sending all those fake requests for bank account numbers of Americans….

  • Joe Mack

    Silicon valley is an economic success in America – quick, the commie libs must take action to stop this ‘problem’ asap…

  • Joe Mack

    I once had a black ‘programmer’ report to me. He never did any work, unless I was literally standing over his shoulder. No matter how simple the task, if I gave him an hour, or a day or a week or a month, it wasn’t going to get done unless I asked him 5 times to do it.

    And most of the time, what he did was not done well and needed to be fixed or redone by someone else.

    • JohnEngelman

      When another company I worked for hired a black programmer I mentored him, not because I had been told to, but because I enjoy doing that.

      He told my boss. My boss thanked me and said, “It is my job to train the new employees, but I do not always have time. You make my job a lot easier.”

      That is the best think a boss can tell a subordinate.

      • I would never have helped him. When a company hires diversitards and pays them big salaries to play “dress-up”, I’m done there. I am absolutely not a “team-player” when it comes to Fourth-Worlders impersonating genuine engineers, and I have called them curry-eating n-words to their faces, in front of supervisors. It is the most fun when the faux “men” cry.

        “I’m going to give you the chance to apologize” said one boss.

        “I quit, and eff you, too. Take your project deadline and shove it.”

        The look on that suit’s face was priceless.

        When they called a week later to say they couldn’t find my lab notes, I explained that I’d had them at home and burned them the afternoon I quit.

        The best thing a boss can tell a former subordinate is “You were right all along.”

        If I ever return to chemistry, I will still quit on the spot if I am being jacked with. I already have the right to live in the US, and I paid off my mortgage back in 2004, so I don’t need any “stuff” from the suits.

  • Eric Shun

    At another large employer, I worked with two black financial analysts; both pleasant enough and just a couple of years out of (some) college. The employer actually had to hold remedial writing and English grammar lessons for them. No one, outwardly, thought this was strange and, apparently, was not uncommon for black employees. These were $50K per year jobs in the south in 1992!

  • T_Losan

    I wish they’d do an investigation into the disproportionately high percentage of obnoxious Canadian pop stars, the disproportionate number of black marathon winners, and the lack of diversity of Chinese restaurant employees, but no.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    What they are covering up is a rampant reverse discrimination employment culture.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    The Tech industry is closely mimicking the federal contractor/AA guidelines. The AA guidelines require quotas–don’t let them tell you otherwise. And their quotas are purposely disproportionate i.e. the Black population in this country is 12.5%, but the federal contractor population is 20%. The EEOC is 50% Black.
    The same disproportion requirements exist with Asians, Hispanics, LGBT, Feminist, etc.
    Consequently, those in the ‘other’ category: straight, white, middle-aged, men are aggressively purged with regularity. It’s America’s dirty little secret.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Because it looks like the U.N. and not America?

  • Folks could also claim to be gay. Nobody is going to ask anyone to prove it.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    I posted a fairly benign comment on that DiversityInc site and that little poodle censored it. Little punk.

  • I think that is hilarious! He got to shaft the notorious outsourcers by outsourcing himself and pocketing the difference! His mistake was that he didn’t switch to consultant status and then pretend to work from home.

    • Northerner

      The story is actually a strong argument in favor of outsourcing.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    This is what I just wrote over at poodle-boy’s site. I’m guessing he’ll censor me again:

    This article and survey was never ready for prime time. 20 companies queried and 5 participated? And you get numbers like women managers dropping from 28% to 26%–in 5 companies? And they call that data and analysis?

    The reason why the EEOC and OFCCP had remained silent the whole time is because the big tech picture is a reverse discrimination nightmare.

    And they get all the data–every year. And all you heard from them was “crickets”. Get it?