US Labor Department is examining Microsoft’s initiative to hire more Black employees

Microsoft is defending its variety initiatives. 

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The US Division of Labor is trying into whether or not Microsoft’s objective of doubling the variety of Black managers, senior particular person contributors and senior leaders within the US by 2025 “may represent illegal discrimination on the premise of race,” the tech large stated in a Tuesday blog post. That will violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Final week, the US Division of Labor Workplace of Federal Contract Compliance Applications (OFCCP) reached out to Microsoft concerning variety commitments the corporate made in June “to deal with points confronted by the Black and African American neighborhood,” Microsoft basic counsel Dev Stahlkopf stated within the weblog submit. As a federal contractor, the tech large is topic to many OFCCP necessities, together with these associated to employment practices.

On June 23, Microsoft stated it will make investments a further $150 million over 5 years in its inside variety and inclusion applications. In its letter, the OFCCP stated the initiative “seems to suggest that employment motion could also be taken on the premise of race,” based on the corporate. The letter additional requested Microsoft to show its actions aren’t unlawful race-based selections. 

“We’ve got each confidence that Microsoft’s variety initiative complies absolutely with all US employment legal guidelines,” Stahlkopf wrote. “We stay up for offering the OFCCP with this data and, if obligatory, defending our method.”

Microsoft says it is clear that it is unlawful to discriminate based mostly on race, including: “We even have affirmative obligations as an organization that serves the federal authorities to proceed to extend the range of our workforce….We’ve got many years of expertise and know full effectively how you can appropriately create alternatives for individuals with out taking away alternatives from others.”

The OFCCP did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

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