Report: Facebook Used “Culture Fit” As Excuse To Avoid Hiring Black People?

  • Three Black people allege Facebook chose not to hire them because they weren’t a good “culture fit.”
  • “But unfortunately not many people I knew could pass that challenge because the culture here does not reflect the culture of Black people.”
  • Critics have criticized the idea of a “culture fit,” arguing that it usually sidelines people of color.

Yelena Dzhanova from Insider writes:

After initial reports of Facebook turning down Black applicants for positions because they weren’t a “culture fit,” more people have filed complaints alleging similar experiences.

Washington Post article published Tuesday said three Black applicants were rejected from jobs at Facebook despite having met all the qualifications.

The three applicants filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that investigates workplace discrimination.

“There’s no doubt you can do the job, but we’re really looking for a culture fit,” one hiring manager told one of the three candidates, according to The Post.

A Facebook operations manager, Oscar Veneszee Jr., told the paper he believes several qualified applicants he referred to jobs at the company were rejected because they weren’t a “culture fit.”

“When I was interviewing at Facebook, the thing I was told constantly was that I needed to be a culture fit, and when I tried to recruit people, I knew I needed [to] find people who were a culture fit,” he told The Post. “But unfortunately not many people I knew could pass that challenge because the culture here does not reflect the culture of Black people…”

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