Facebook accused of allowing gender bias in job vacancies



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Facebook is the discrimination of millions of women by allowing companies to target job advertisements toward men, according to charges filed on Tuesday against the company with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A group of job seekers has claimed that Facebook, which has come under fire for the technology, which enables landlords to discriminate against African-Americans and other minority groups, and helps employers to exclude female candidates from recruitment efforts.

The job-seekers, working with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Communications Workers of America, the filing of charges against the Menlo Park-based company and ten other companies.


The ACLU said the jobs where women were excluded, mainly recorded by a male-dominated roles, such as mechanics, drivers, technicians and band sellers.

“If employers in male-dominated fields advertise their work only on men, it prevents women from breaking into these fields. What’s more, then click on the Facebook ads brought viewers to a page with lots of other jobs at these companies for the unemployed can be qualified,” the ACLU said in a statement.

“Because no women saw these ads, they were excluded from learning not only about the features that are highlighted in the ads, but also about one of these other opportunities,” the advocacy group said.

Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman, told Fox News: “There is no place for discrimination on Facebook; it is strictly forbidden in our policy. We look forward to defending our practices once we have an opportunity for an investigation of the complaint.”

Bobbi Spees, 35, who is one of those bringing the charges, told The New York Times that she is a part-time job coach for special education students, and that she was looking for a better-paying role.

She had used Facebook to search, but had trouble finding any leads.

However, Spees said her husband saw plenty of ads for high-paying manual jobs when he online job search a few years ago.


A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that Facebook, which gets feedback from the interest groups and civil rights experts, to require that advertisers consent anti-discrimination policy on Facebook and on the federal level.

The lawyers involved in the case discovered that the ads are only targeted to the people by clicking on a Facebook tool called “Why am I seeing this ad?”

Deborah Katz, a Washington-based attorney who is not involved with this case, told the Times that the advertising campaigns seem to violate federal law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, and other categories.

“That seems pretty gross,” Katz, who specializes in discrimination cases, told the Times.

Last summer, in response to a lawsuit in the us state of Washington, Facebook agreed to remove 5,000 ad targeting powers of attorney with respect to race and sexual orientation.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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