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November 9th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

Silicon Valley diversity data stays secret

(CNNMoney) - How diverse are Silicon Valley's offices and executive suites? Activists have been trying for years to answer that question, but some of the industry's largest and most influential employers - including Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook - closely guard that information.

Every U.S. company with more than 100 employees is required to file a one-page form each year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an independent federal agency. Called the EEO-1, the form categorizes U.S. workers by their race and gender.

It's a blunt and imperfect measurement tool, but it's also the only hard data available for tracking the diversity of corporate America.

CNNMoney filed a Freedom of Information request in August seeking EEO-1 data from 20 companies: The tech industry's 10 biggest firms by annual sales and 10 smaller but influential firms, including Facebook and Twitter. The EEOC denied the request in full, saying it is legally prohibited from releasing that information. CNNMoney later filed the same request with the Department of Labor, and is awaiting a response.

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  1. Faye Anderson

    I wrote about Silicon Valley companies flouting EEOC reporting requirements in my blog post, "No Free Lunch for Ed Tech Companies" [http://andersonatlarge.typepad.com/andersonlarge/2011/08/ed-tech-silicon-valley-venture-capitalist-startup-ise-eeo-data-eeoc.html].

    November 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Black Truth

    I work for the state in the human resources office and I can tell you that you are not looking at the real pictures look into the amount of minorities a company has and what position they hold. My agency horrible diversity statistics but not only that most of the employees who are diverse hold low non decision making positions and not to mention are rarely promoted. The few that are in management are constantly harassed for their management skills and are frequently given job coaches.

    November 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |