Entrepreneur — PayPal co-founder — and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel is currently under investigation by the Department of Labor.
Thiel gave a moving speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. He described his childhood as a German immigrant watching the first moon landing in 1969 from their home in that city. He said it was a time of wonder and hope for him and his parents. They went on to live the American dream. He said he was proud to be a Republican and came out in support of Donald Trump.
On September 26, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the Department of Labor began an investigation of Palantir Technologies, of which he is a co-founded and current chairman, for discrimination. Palantir is a software and services company specialising in counter-terrorism and anti-fraud technologies. The company has contracts with the federal government as well as banks and financial services firms.
CNN Money reports that Palantir is alleged to have discriminated against Asian job applicants (emphases mine):
According to the Labor Department lawsuit, Asian job candidates “were routinely eliminated in the resume screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants.”
In one example highlighted in the suit, nearly three-quarters of the 130 or so candidates who applied for a position as a QA Engineer Intern were Asian, but Palantir hired 17 non-Asian candidates and only four Asian applicants.
“The likelihood that this result occurred according to chance is approximately one in a billion,” the suit says.
In a statement, Palantir called it a “flawed statistical analysis” and pledged to “vigorously defend” itself.
Curious. One could turn the highlighted statement around to the lawsuit itself.
Do you think it is coincidental that Peter Thiel is suddenly sued by the DoL a few months after publicly putting his influence on the line politically? If so, that’s a very naive position.
The President Obama Treasury Department already admitted to the targeting of political opposition, Tea Party Groups, through the IRS.
Recall that Michael Savage’s show was yanked off the air because the conservative dared to speculate about Hillary Clinton’s health.
The Conservative Treehouse rightly warns:
To our brothers and sisters who might generally disagree with our politics, we ask you to think carefully about this rapidly dangerous political construct so many have ignored too long.
This vote on November 8th isn’t just about selecting a president, you are making a critical decision about your own freedom.
Everything may seem like competitive snark and Brangelina quibble until there’s a knock on your business, your livelihood, or worse yet – the door to your home….
That’s why my current focus is on politics.