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Facebook denied financial services opportunities to women and older people, lawsuit alleges

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Facebook is facing a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly denying people financial services products based on age and gender. A complaint filed Thursday in a federal district court in San Francisco alleges that financial services ads on Facebook were targeted away from women and older people over the past three years. The complaint defines older people as those who are at least 40 years old. It seeks to bar Facebook and advertisers from excluding older persons and women from receiving ads for financial services such as bank accounts, loans, insurance coverage, and investments. * * *...
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Facebook Financial-Services Ads Accused of Male Bias in Lawsuit

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Plaintiffs claim web ads illegally exclude women, older users Complaint follows U.S. claim over restricted job postings Facebook, Inc. was sued over claims that tailored advertising for financial services on the social media network discriminates against its older and female users who might be interested in products such as mortgages, personal loans and insurance. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, alleges Facebook helped financial services companies target users based on age and gender, resulting in younger people and men getting a disproportionate number of services...
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Facebook Hit with Massive National Civil Rights Class Action by Women and Older People Denied Financial Services Opportunities on Facebook for Years

Oct 31, 2019 / Press Release
Facebook users demand that the company immediately take action to stop financial services ads from being targeted away from women and older persons on Facebook Contact: Sally J. Abrahamson at sabrahamson@outtengolden.com or call (202) 847-4400. Matthew Handley, Handley Farah & Anderson LLP, mhandley@hfajustice.com , 202-559-2411 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31, 2019—Today, a class action was filed against Facebook alleging that older and female Facebook users have been denied advertisements about financial services opportunities on Facebook. The action, filed by a 54-year-old District of Columbia...
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Facebook, Amazon, and hundreds of companies post targeted job ads that screen out older workers

May 31, 2018 / News Item
Facebook users are suing them for age discrimination. Older workers are accusing Facebook, Ikea, and hundreds of other companies for discriminating against job seekers in their 50s and 60s through targeted job ads posted on Facebook. The Communications Workers of America, a labor union representing 700,000 media workers across the country, added the companies to a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, which was filed in California federal court in December. In its original complaint, the labor union accused Amazon, T-Mobile, and Cox Media Group of doing the same thing. The case, Bradley v. T-...
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Union Steps Up Suit Against Big Biz Over Facebook Job Ads

May 29, 2018 / News Item
The Communication Workers of America expanded its proposed class action Tuesday alleging Amazon, T-Mobile and "hundreds of major American employers" illegally target younger workers in Facebook job ads, adding federal age-bias claims and broadening the case's theory to target Facebook’s audience algorithm. The suit, originally filed in California federal court in December, alleges the companies directed Facebook Inc. to show job ads only to younger workers, in violation of various state age-discrimination laws. Tuesday’s amended complaint adds nationwide collective claims under the federal...
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AARP and Key Senators Urge Companies to End Age Bias in Recruiting on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 / Media Coverage
The largest advocacy group for older Americans and the two top members of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging are calling on employers and tech companies to stop limiting recruitment ads on Facebook and other online sites to younger workers. “It appears age discrimination is alive and well in the digital era,” Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP, said in a statement on Friday. “We urge online platforms to take the steps needed to ensure they’re not supporting age-biased recruiting and hiring practices. And we continue to call on all employers to end bias in their employment...
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Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

Dec 21, 2017 / Media Coverage
This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization. A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be “more than just a number.” Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the Facebook feeds of users 25 to 36 years...
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Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads

Dec 20, 2017 / Media Coverage
Among the companies we found doing it: Amazon, Verizon, UPS and Facebook itself. “It’s blatantly unlawful,” said one employment law expert. This story was co-published with The New York Times. A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be "more than just a number.” Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the...
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