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Singaporean Techie Accuses Meta Of Bias, Files Lawsuit In CA

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Singaporean Techie Accuses Meta Of Bias, Files Lawsuit In CA

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NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – An Indian-origin tech executive from Singapore has filed a lawsuit with California’s Civil Rights Department accusing Meta of racial discrimination that cost her promotions and work opportunities.

Vaishnavi Jayakumar, 36, who joined Meta in January 2020 after stints at Disney, Google, and Twitter, said she was punished for asking how to move up the ranks at Meta, left out of opportunities, and layered under less experienced colleagues.

“I’ve never felt more keenly that as an Asian woman, I’m destined to be a worker, I’m not destined to be a leader,” Jayakumar wrote in a recent LinkedIn post, adding that last month she faced “a retaliatory termination at Meta disguised as a mass layoff”.

As the head of youth policy at Meta, Jayakumar was responsible for managing a team that provided guidance on age-appropriate policies and product features across all of Meta’s apps.

“Everything went well for the first two years. I worked hard with my colleagues to improve the wellbeing of youth on Instagram and other Meta services, and received positive feedback,” Jayakumar said in her long post.

However, after two years when she enquired about a path to promotion, she said she faced the familiar “bamboo ceiling” that Asian-Americans encounter.

According to Jayakumar, her manager suddenly began giving racially coded negative feedback, claiming she wasn’t senior enough for leadership, even though Jayakumar claimed she had more experience than other candidates.

Jayakumar’s complaint referred to a 2022 study by Ascend, a network of Asian and Pacific Islander professionals, which said that 49 percent of Meta’s workforce is Asian but only 25 percent of its executives are Asian.

Meta fired more than 11,000 employees at the end of 2022, followed by another 10,000 roles in another round of mass layoffs in March this year. Jayakumar’s complaint is just one among the rising number of lawsuits filed by Asian Americans in the tech industry calling for action against long-standing racial prejudice in Silicon Valley.

Jayakumar is demanding that Meta make policy changes, from tracking the rates of promotion for Asian Americans to training managers in tropes and stereotypes about Asian American employees.

Meta has so far declined to comment.

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  • What many Indians, Asians and Non Whites have to realise is , do not expect much from companies formed by them. It is a capitalistic society and whites can do what ever they want to in the companies started by them. Do not crib and try to see what gets you ahead and work on it. If it does not work change strategy and if it still does not work, try to get a Public sector job or start a small company on your own and be a CEO or CTO of that company . Do you think discrimination is not there in India. It is there also. Try to play the game and come ahead . If the end result is not in your favor accept it and move on

    July 12, 2023
  • very good comment Raj.., Simply they will not accept you due to the color of your skin, but will expect a lot, because you know your job. Dont ever overdo your job assuming you know everything, be dumb …everyone is simply a number..play your game.

    July 12, 2023

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