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ID:

552

Date:

2010-02-14

Headline:

Five Silicon Valley companies fought release of employment data, and won

Reporter's name:

Mike Swift

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

SiliconValley.com (Mercury News)

City:

San Jose, CA

Summary:

A FOIA request revealed fewer black and Hispanic employees work at some of the largest Silicon Valley technology companies. The Mercury News used FOIA to obtain race and gender data from recent years at ten of Silicon Valley's fifteen largest technology companies. Several companies, including Google and Apple, kept the government from releasing their data, arguing that its release would cause "commercial harm" by publicizing business strategy information to competitors.

Notes:

The Mercury News obtained the data from the Department of Labor; it is available online at http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_14391854. The database covers 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Keywords:

workforce, employee, employment data, race, gender, trade secret, Department of Labor, DOL, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle, Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, discrimination, diversity, Intel, Cisco Systems, eBay, AMD, Sanmina, Sun Microsystems

URL:

http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_14382477


Agencies:

DOL

States:

CA
DC

Categories:

business
labor
technology


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