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Cities and states across the US are promising gift cards and event access to people with COVID-19 vaccines

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A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana.
  • State and local governments are trying to incentivize vaccinations against the coronavirus.
  • It's an effort to promote vaccinations and push toward reaching herd immunity.
  • So far, at least five states offer some form of incentive to encourage people to get the vaccine.
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Earlier this week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that any resident between the ages 16 and 35 will receive a $100 savings bond in exchange for getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.
WV Gov Jim Justice
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

People within this age group are not taking the vaccine as fast as the state hoped they would. "If we really want to move the needle, we've got to get our younger people vaccinated," Justice said during a press briefing.

To fund the initiative, the state allocated money from the CARES Act, a measure passed by Congress last year to stave off the financial devastation brought on by the coronavirus. 

Vaccinated residents of Connecticut will be able to get one free drink between May 19 and May 31, according to a state webpage.
Gov. Ned Lamont.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

Gov. Ned Lamont's office has partnered with numerous restaurants around Connecticut that are participating in this initiative.

"To take part in the promotion which will run through the end of May, customers simply show that they have received either one or both doses of a COVID vaccine, at which point they can select from a list of pre-set drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) established by each participating restaurant," the webpage says. 

Beginning Monday, May 3, some Detroit residents will be able to receive a $50 prepaid debit card.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Anyone who pre-registers and drives another city resident to a vaccination site will get the $50 card as a reward

"Pushing past our inability to manage and win the argument on social media, we really had to be more inventive about how to get the attention of the greater, grander community," said Detroit Deputy Mayor Conrad L. Mallett. 

The initiative is part of the city's Good Neighbor program, designed to incentivize those who donate their "time and effort" to help the vaccine cause, Mallett said.

Harris County in Texas has set aside $250,000 to divvy up as incentives for vaccinated individuals.
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Nurse Roy Christian receives the Covid-19 vaccine at John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) in Galveston, Texas on December 15, 2020.

The money will go toward events, gift cards, and other incentives that will be offered to all residents who've been vaccinated, according to the Houston Chronicle

It's a way to encourage Harris County residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus in a step toward achieving herd immunity.

"We desperately need these people to get vaccinated, particularly the young people," County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. "I asked you to be as creative as we possibly can because I don't want to sit here a month from now and see the numbers worsen, or see this pandemic extended, and say, 'If we had just done X, would we have avoided this situation?'"

Chicago is experimenting with a Vax Pass that will offer vaccinated individuals a chance to attend concerts and events.
Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at a University of Chicago initiative event for the science in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 2020.
Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at a University of Chicago initiative event for the science in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 2020.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the initiative comes as the city is "looking at ways in which we can incentivize folks to get the vaccine."

"We're going to be looking at ways in which we can incentivize people to get vaccinated, and do that by looking at preferred seating, preferred admission. So that's still very much a work in progress, and we'll have more to say on that in the coming days," she added.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was honored with two awards for having the worst film in 2020

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has won two distinctions from the Razzies, a parody awards show.
  • His so-called "documentary," full of election fraud conspiracy theories, took home Worst Picture.
  • Lindell himself received Worst Actor for his role in the film.
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The Razzies, Hollywood's parody award show that honors the worst content created in the last year, has presented MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with two awards.

Lindell won Worst Actor for his role in his own self-produced film, "Absolute Proof." He has called the film a "documentary," despite the fact that it's laden with disinformation about the 2020 presidential election.

The movie, two hours long, has been banned from YouTube and ran on conservative outlets that have also peddled election-related conspiracies theories such as OAN.

The premise behind "Absolute Proof" is that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden because of interference from Chinese cyberattackers.

"Now for a narcoleptic coma-inducing performance by a male lead that put our entire voting body to sleep - with or without a pillow," said the voiceover announcing the Worst Actor award. "The Razzie for Worst Actor goes to Mike Lindell, the pillow guy, by a landslide for 'Absolute Proof.'"

The movie also won Worst Picture award.

"The Razzie winner for Worst Picture of 2020 is Absolute Proof. Oh boy, here come the demands for a recount," the voiceover said after announcing "Absolute Proof" the winner.

Outside the movie, Lindell for months has continued to viciously peddle disinformation around the 2020 election results. In the days and weeks after the Capitol riot, Lindell publicly questioned whether the insurrectionists were members of Antifa, despite the rioters being identified and known as Trump supporters.

Lindell is an ardent Trump supporter.

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Thousands of inmates given the chance to serve their sentence at home because of COVID-19 might go back to prison cells

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In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.
  • Thousands of people imprisoned for low-level crimes have been serving their sentences at home because of the pandemic.
  • Because of a lingering legal opinion made under the outgoing Trump administration, these people might have to return to prison.
  • The Biden administration has yet to address the legal opinion.
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A legal opinion made in the remaining days of the Trump administration might force incarcerated people who have been serving their sentences at home to return to prison.

Reuters reported that nearly 24,000 incarcerated individuals who've committed low-level crimes have been allowed to serve their sentence at home due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus. But the legal opinion has a clause that says these incarcerated individuals might be removed from their homes and put back into cells.

Congressional Democrats have called for the reversal of the legal opinion, written by the Justice Department under the Trump administration.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, along with more than two dozen other congressional lawmakers, asked Biden in a letter last week to prioritize the memo's reversal and rescind it.

"We urge you to use your executive clemency authority or direct the Justice Department to seek compassionate release for people who have demonstrated that they no longer need to be under federal supervision," the letter said.

The Biden administration has so far left the legal memo untouched.

The memo says the at-home sentences only apply to the period of time during which the coronavirus forces social distancing and quarantining. Once it's lifted, the federal Bureau of Prisons "must recall prisoners in home confinement to correctional facilities" if there is no other reason for them to stay at home, according to Reuters.

About 7,400 BOP incarcerated individuals have remaining time to serve - and these are the individuals who might most be impacted if this memo isn't rescinded.

"Words can't really express how I feel to be home 11 years earlier. To get a job, to get a bank account," said Kendrick Fulton, a 47-year-old man who was sentenced for selling crack cocaine. "I served over 17 years already. What more do you want? I should go back for another 11 years to literally just do nothing?"

In the time that he's been home, Fulton got a job at a wholesale auto glass distributor, Reuters reported.

A BOP union official told Reuters correctional facilities no longer have the staff to get these individuals back to prison, calling the task "impossible."

"We don't have the staff," Joe Rojas, Southeast Regional Vice President at Council Of Prison Locals, said to Reuters. "We are already in chaos as it is as an agency."

Neither the BOP nor the Justice Department immediately responded to a request for comment.

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An Ohio GOP Senate candidate reportedly crashed an RNC donor retreat and was escorted out

Josh Mandel
Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel.
  • Josh Mandel, running for a vacant Ohio Senate seat, got escorted out of a donor retreat over the weekend.
  • The retreat was hosted by the Republican National Committee and offered candidates coveted opportunities to mingle with donors.
  • There were also opportunities to schmooze with GOP leaders like former President Donald Trump.
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Security removed Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel from a donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee, Axios reported.

The retreat, which took place over the weekend in a Palm Beach, Florida, hotel, welcomed guests on an invitation-only basis. Mandel did not have an invitation and crashed the event, according to Axios.

While he was booted from the event, his main opponent, Jane Timken, got to stay and was invited "because she is a major donor," an unnamed source told Axios.

The event, which began on Friday, provides a prime chance for Republican candidates to mingle with some of the party's biggest donors.

Axios also points out that event attendees got access to major GOP figures, including former President Donald Trump. On Saturday night, the group headed to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump currently lives. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was also slated to speak to the group, Axios reported. DeSantis is believed to be considering a 2024 run at the presidency.

By getting booted from the retreat, Mandel loses not only a chance to capitalize on key donor power, but also time to schmooze with the former president and GOP mainstays. It also puts Timken in the spotlight in a contested race for a vacant Senate seat.

Both Mandel and Timken have been fighting for Trump's endorsement, according to Axios. His endorsement could go a long way in their Senate race to replace Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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The investigators looking into sexual harassment claims against Gov. Cuomo have wide, sweeping powers and are paid as much as $750 per hour

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • The investigators reviewing sexual harassment claims against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being paid as much as $750 per hour.
  • Attorney General Letitia James hired the independent investigators after several women came forward with allegations Cuomo.
  • The Daily News reported that the investigators have wide, sweeping power to conduct the probe freely.
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The investigators leading the probe into the numerous sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being paid as much as $750 an hour.

According to the New York Daily News, which obtained internal documents through FOIA requests, the investigators have wide, sweeping powers to conduct the investigation.

Attorney General Letitia James hired out the independent investigators after several women came forward with allegations that the governor made inappropriate and sexually harassing remarks or advances toward them.

Former Acting US Attorney for New York's Southern District Joon Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark are in charge of spearheading the probe.

Their offices are "authorized to utilize any of its resources as it deems appropriate to carry out" the investigation, the documents say, according to the Daily News.

Both firms have been retained for a period of at least six months, the Daily News reported. But James is able to extend the contracts as she deems necessary.

Their work comes at a hefty cost, documents obtained by the Daily News reveal. Top-level partners working on the investigation receive as much as $750 per hour. Even mid- and lower-level partners are raking in large sums of money to carry out the probe. Mid-level partners, for example, get $575 per hour, and junior-level partners $500. Senior associates will receive $450 per hour and junior associates $325, the Daily News reported.

The investigators will prepare and deliver weekly progress reports to First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy. At the end of their investigation, they will produce a written report with all their findings and conclusions, the Daily News reported.

The investigation was prompted in part by state and federal lawmakers coming out in support of one.

Since December, Cuomo has faced several sexual harassment accusations. The first one was from a former aide who in December said she had been sexually harassed by the governor "for years." At the time, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor between 2015 and 2018, did not divulge specific information about the circumstances and declined to speak to journalists.

But in February, Boylan broke her silence in a Medium post, said Cuomo had touched her inappropriately and kissed her without her consent.

Cuomo's office has repeatedly denied her claims. "As we said before, Ms. Boylan's claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false," press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.

Since Boylan's accusations surfaced, at least 10 other women have come forward with similar allegations of their own against the governor.

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Here’s what we know about the 2 prominent lawyers Rep. Matt Gaetz hired in federal sex-trafficking probe

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington.
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz has secured help in fighting a federal sexual misconduct probe, hiring two high-profile lawyers, Mark Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, to defend him.
  • Officials are trying to determine whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl or violated sex-trafficking laws.
  • Mukasey is a longtime associate of Rudy Giuliani's who also has close ties to former President Donald Trump.
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Embroiled in a federal sex-trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has hired two topdog defense attorneys to represent him.

The lawyers, Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, come as a probe into Gaetz intensifies.

The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced an investigation into Gaetz over allegations of sexual misconduct. A bombshell New York Times report released last week revealed that Gaetz is facing a federal sex crimes investigation, a probe designed to determine whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Officials are also seeking to learn whether he had violated sex-trafficking laws.

The Florida Republican has not been charged, and he's repeatedly denied all allegations. Instead, he's pushed a narrative that says the federal investigation and these allegations make up an elaborate and convoluted scheme to extort him and his family for $25 million.

"Once again, the office will reiterate, these allegations are blatantly false and have not been validated by a single human being willing to put their name behind them," Gaetz's office said in a statement Friday.

The probe, nevertheless, is heating up. And Gaetz hired well-connected powerhouse attorneys to help him navigate through the mess.

The attorneys "will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods," a statement from his office said.

Marc Mukasey

Mukasey is a high-profile attorney with close ties to former President Donald Trump and his ex-personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Mukasey and Giuliani used to be law partners. After they split ways, one of Mukasey's first clients was Trump himself. He currently represents the Trump Organization in an ongoing criminal probe into the former president's tax returns conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

One of Mukasey's most controversial cases involved Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, accused and acquitted of charges related to war crimes.

Mukasey's career and that of his father have for years closely intertwined with the needs of top GOP leaders.

His father, Michael, was a district judge appointed by Ronald Reagan, Law&Crime reported. He also served as the US attorney general under the George W. Bush administration.

Isabelle Kirshner

Kirshner is an outspoken critic of Trump, constantly blasting him in public. She's previously referred to the former president as a "scourge" and an "existential threat," according to Law&Crime.

As an attorney, her record is marked in part by male clients who've faced serious sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

She is a former Manhattan assistant district attorney who represented former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after allegations of sexual assault and violence against him came out. Schneiderman denied all allegations but resigned from his position.

Kirshner's also represented Dr. Robert Hadden, the New York gynecologist accused of sexual assault. Among his accusers was Evelyn Wang, the wife of now New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. Evelyn said Hadden had sexually assaulted her multiple times during an OB-GYN visit while she was pregnant with her first child.

Hadden was charged last September with a pattern of sexual assault and abuse spanning decades, from 1993 to 2012.

Neither Mukasey nor Kirshner immediately returned requests for comment from Insider.

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A new study found that Black women are 3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to white men

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  • A new study found that Black women are three times likelier than white men to die from COVID-19.
  • The findings underscore systemic inequalities that make people of color more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • Data released last year showed Black people were also twice as likely as white people to contract the virus.
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New research suggests Black women are dying from the coronavirus at higher rates than any other demographic in the US, except Black men.

A team of university researchers from schools all around the country published an analysis earlier this week that found Black women are more than three times likelier to die from COVID-19 than white men.

The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, examined mortality patterns in Georgia and Michigan. Researchers sorted their findings by race and gender.

"The deaths we see in the pandemic reflect pre-existing structural inequities; after the pandemic is gone, those will still be there," Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, assistant professor of gender and women studies at the University of Maine and the study's senior author, said in an interview on CBS MoneyWatch.

"Whatever is going on is probably not linked to the X chromosome or the Y chromosome," Shattuck-Heidorn added.

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly hard on Black people, studies show.

An analysis published November in the journal EClinical Medicine, for example, found that Black people in both the US and the UK were twice as likely as white people to contract the coronavirus.

The findings underscore systemic inequalities that make people of color more vulnerable to COVID-19 and more likely to experience serious illness if they do get sick.

"The clear evidence of increased risk of infection amongst ethnic minority groups is of urgent public health importance," Dr. Shirley Sze, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) academic clinical lecturer and a lead author of the paper, said.

"We must work to minimize exposure to the virus in these at-risk groups by facilitating their timely access to healthcare resources and target the social and structural disparities that contribute to health inequalities," Sze continued.

And unemployment data consistently shows that Black women are among the hardest hit by the economic uncertainties brought on by the pandemic.

According to data from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit, Lean In, a survey from last year of more than 2,600 people found that Black women are twice as likely as white men to say that they'd either been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours or pay reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Insider's Anna Medaris Miller, Marguerite Ward, and Tyler Sonnemaker contributed to this report.

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Nearly 40% of Marines have so far declined to receive a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus

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Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit cut through a metal plate during a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) mission aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown, September 6, 2020.
  • Out of the 123,500 Marines who have been offered a coronavirus vaccine, about 48,000 said no.
  • About 102,000 US Marines have yet to be offered a vaccine against the coronavirus, CNN reported.
  • About 19% of the US population has already been fully vaccinated, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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A large number of US Marines are choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, CNN reported.

About 40% of Marines who have been offered a shot, or 48,000, have so far declined a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus. Of the 123,500 Marines who have been offered a vaccine, about 75,500 agreed to get one, according to data obtained by CNN.

Over 100,000 Marines have yet to be offered a vaccine, the network said.

"We fully understand that widespread acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine provides us with the best means to defeat the pandemic. The key to addressing the pandemic is building vaccine confidence," Marine Corps spokesperson Col. Kelly Frushour said in a statement to CNN.

Marines might decline COVID-19 vaccines for several reasons, Frushour said. They might prefer others to receive priority for it or are choosing to wait until it's institutionally mandated. They could also be allergic or have already secured a vaccine through other channels, CNN reported.

"Service members who decline one day can change their mind and become vaccinated when next the opportunity presents itself," Frushour added.

The Marine Corps did not immediately return a request for comment from Insider.

In February, a top Pentagon official said about a third of all US troops had at the time refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

"Acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory," Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, the Joint Staff's vice director for operations, told the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the Defense Department's response to the pandemic.

The vaccine is not compulsory for service members, but Taliaferro told Rep. Mike Rogers, the top Republican lawmaker on the committee, that the military must do better "to help them understand the benefits."

The military's acceptance rate at the time, however, was higher than that of the general population. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, general population vaccination rates hovered around 50% at the time Taliaferro made his remarks earlier this year.

The coronavirus has infected more than 31 million people in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 561,000 Americans have died from it. About 19% of the US population has been fully vaccinated so far, JHU data says.

Insider's Bill Bostock contributed to this report.

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Police in multiple US cities are reportedly anticipating white supremacist rallies this weekend

Police officers on October 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • Police forces are aware of and preparing for white supremacist rallies happening this weekend.
  • Organizers have largely kept secret rally locations, but New York and Chicago are among the cities expected to see them.
  • Several counterprotests have been planned to mobilize against the message of the white pride rally attendees.
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Police forces across the country are reportedly preparing for white supremacist rallies planned for this weekend.

White supremacist groups are organizing the rallies over encrypted messaging app Telegram, Newsweek first reported. There are also public event pages on Facebook suggesting there will be several rallies on Sunday, April 11.

"Patriots all over this nation are peacefully marching to raise awareness for whites being victims of massive interracial crime and also persecution by the government," one Facebook event page reads.

"This is happening in every majority white nation on earth. Time to make a stand. Please join your brothers and sisters in this amazing event," the event description continues.

Organizers have, for the most part, not disclosed the locations planned for these rallies. But Newsweek and local news outlets reported that police have identified numerous cities where the white supremacist rallies are expected. Among them are New York, Fort Worth, and Chicago.

The Facebook event page encourages people to organize a rally in their own city.

It's unclear how many people these planned rallies will attract.

But officials who are aware of planned rallies this weekend in their cities are taking steps to prepare, news outlets reported.

Huntington Beach police in California, for example, are aware of an event to "unify White people against white hate" circulating on social media and planned for this Sunday.

Interim Police Chief Julian Harvey told the San Bernardino Sun that the police are preparing for large crowds in case the rally attracts a lot of people.

"Like any demonstration in the city, we are preparing and will continue to prepare until the day," he said. "We do have a plan to ensure public safety - not just the safety of the participants and the attendees, but also residents, businesses and motorists."

The Asheville Police Department in North Carolina told Newsweek its officers have been briefed on the "call for action around the country" coming from white supremacists. The department is tracking any action, Newsweek reported.

In response to the planned rallies, counterprotesters have also begun to organize.

The local Black Lives Matter chapter in Huntington Beach, for example, is assembling for a counterprotest a few hours ahead of the planned white supremacist rally, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

And in Albuquerque, New Mexico, counterprotesters are encouraging residents to "rally against white supremacy in all its forms."

"On Sunday, April 11th - local Proud Boys and White Supremacists are planning on hosting a 'White Lives Matter' Event on the Albuquerque Civic Plaza alongside a national day of actions by far-right extremists across the United States - we refuse to let them bring their violence to our beautifully diverse city because white supremacy has no place here," a Facebook event page for the counterprotest reads.

"Please wear your masks, bring creative signs, water, plan on being loud, and bring your friends - we have safety in numbers," the page says.

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Facebook did not hire Black employees because they were not a ‘culture fit,’ report says

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  • Three Black people allege Facebook chose not to hire them because they weren't a "culture fit."
  • "There's no doubt you can do the job," a manager said before using the culture-fit line, a report says.
  • Critics have criticized the idea of a "culture fit," arguing it sidelines people of color.
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After initial reports of Facebook turning down Black applicants for positions because they weren't a "culture fit," more people have filed complaints alleging similar experiences.

A Washington Post article published Tuesday said three Black applicants were rejected from jobs at Facebook despite having met all the qualifications.

The three applicants filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that investigates workplace discrimination.

"There's no doubt you can do the job, but we're really looking for a culture fit," one hiring manager told one of the three candidates, according to The Post.

A Facebook operations manager, Oscar Veneszee Jr., told the paper he believes several qualified applicants he referred to jobs at the company were rejected because they weren't a "culture fit."

"When I was interviewing at Facebook, the thing I was told constantly was that I needed to be a culture fit, and when I tried to recruit people, I knew I needed [to] find people who were a culture fit," he told The Post. "But unfortunately not many people I knew could pass that challenge because the culture here does not reflect the culture of Black people."

The EEOC began investigating Facebook last summer over bias allegations, The Post added.

Critics have criticized workplaces pursuing the idea of a "culture fit" in their hiring practices because, they argue, it creates an inclination to hire white workers while sidelining people of color.

In a 2018 article published by the Society for Human Resource Management, a professional membership association in Alexandria, Virginia, one HR expert said "culture fit" is subjective and indicates the hiring decision is largely not based "on the candidate's ability to deliver results."

A Facebook spokesperson, when reached for comment, gave the following statement.

"We've added diversity and inclusion goals to senior leaders' performance reviews. We take seriously allegations of discrimination and have robust policies and processes in place for employees to report concerns, including concerns about microaggressions and policy violations," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said the company did not take "culture fit" into account when hiring for jobs.

Rhett Lindsey, a former recruiter with Facebook, told The Post, "There is no culture fit check mark on an application form, but at Facebook it is like this invisible cloud that hangs over candidates of color."

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