When you've suffered an injury on the job, and it seems clear that your employer was responsible, it can come as a surprise when the workers' compensation insurance company initially denies your claim. It's important to understand that your employer and the insurer both have a vested interest in paying you as little as possible to settle your claim. One of the more frequent defenses that many employers will use is the allegation that you weren't really an employer, but were actually an independent contractor and should have had your own workers' compensation insurance.
Once of the fastest growing companies in the world-Palantir Technologies, founded by well-known high tech financier Peter Thiel-has been accused in a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor of discrimination against Asian job seekers. Government attorneys allege that Palantir "routinely eliminated" Asians from the employment process, either when resumes were screened or during telephone interviews. The lawsuit arose after federal officials conducted a statistical analysis to confirm that Palantir, a federal government contractor, was in compliance with anti-discrimination rules.