Almost one year after ex-Facebook employee Mark Luckie called the company out for its “Black people problem,” current employees say the problem not only still persists but has gotten worse. The horrible experiences of a dozen Black, Latin and Asian Facebook employees has been detailed in an article published last week on Medium.
Posted by a user identified as FB Blind, the article shares incidents ranging from white colleagues and managers saying racist and offensive things to employees to HR failing to take action when such behavior is reported.
According to the article, despite aggressive and racist behavior by white peers and managers, they are often accused of being the problem.
While the article does not identify the employees in effort to avoid retaliation, it does state the “incidents are factual, with witnesses corroborating the behaviors, and have been thoroughly documented.”
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In one instance, after reporting to their manager that two white employees asked a Black employee to clean up after them, their manager told them they needed to “dress more professionally.” In another instance, when the employee told their manager about being discriminated against within their team, the manager responded, “There is no bias at Facebook.” In still another instance, an employee was told to just do their job because “there is no growth for your role.”
The article also includes screenshots from Blind – an app which allows Facebook employees to document their experiences anonymously. On it, employees write things like Black people and other people of color “just complain to get attention” and “they should feel privileged that they were diversity hires and got in the company after we lowered our hiring standards.”
The article goes on to detail many more instances in which Facebook allows racism, discrimination and oppressive behavior to go unchecked. As a result, FB Blind said it is impacting employees overall health and well-being.
“The result of this negligent, hostile, and aggressive behavior from Facebook managers and representatives in HR has caused a significant decline in our physical and mental health and made it significantly difficult, if not impossible, to continue working,” FB Blind wrote.
They also acknowledged that Facebook will try and do damage control, but nothing will change.