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A black critical-facilities engineer at Facebook claims his boss repeatedly called him a "lazy n*****" and described other African-Americans at the tech giant "monkeys and chimpanzees."
But the fact Robert Louis Gary wasn't promoted by that same manager despite glowing work reviews, or that someone he trained was promoted ahead of him, or that he was paid less than white peers, is not evidence that there was any racial bias at the social media giant, Facebook has hit back.
Claims - Dispute - Gary - Network - November
The claims are just the latest in a long-running dispute between Gary and the antisocial network, which began in November 2016 when he and another black co-worker sued Facebook in the US claiming they had been mistreated and underpaid at the company's North Carolina office because of their race.
That case was ultimately rejected in July 2018 when the judge concluded [PDF] that Gary couldn't prove that racism was behind the decision to promote others ahead of him, and pointed out that Gary was subsequently promoted and paid the same as his white co-workers.
Gary - Case - Fourth - Circuit - Appeals
But Gary has taken the case to the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court, and this month filed an extensive brief [PDF] that outlines holes in Facebook's testimony as well as details over the precise racial insults that his manager, Wayne Hawkins, allegedly used.
For one, Gary claims, the testimony provided by Facebook to demonstrate that there was no racial bias was given from executives that weren't even at the company at the time. Policies put forward by the social media giant to explain how it deals fairly with promotion and pay rises also weren't in place at the time of the original hearing, it is alleged.
Judge - Inconsistencies - Facebook - Reasons - Gary
Despite the judge arguing that there weren't any inconsistencies in Facebook's official reasons for denying Gary a promotion, his latest filing includes a lengthy rundown of what appears...
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