In particular, the US Department of Labor is considering whether Microsoft's goal of doubling the number of colored executives, senior executives and senior leaders in the US by 2025 "could be illegal racial discrimination," the tech giant said in a blog post. on Tuesday. That would violate him VII of the Law on Civil Rights.
Last week, the Department of Labor of the US Federal Convention on Conformity (OFCCPcontacted Microsoft about the diversity commitments the company made in June "to address issues facing the Colored and African American community," said Microsoft 's general manager, Dev Stahlkopf, in the post.
As a federal contractor, the tech giant is subject to many OFCCP requirements, including those related to employment practices.
On June 23, Microsoft announced that it would invest an additional $ 150 million over five years in its in-house diversity and integration programs. In its letter, OFCCP said the initiative "seems to mean action can be taken on racial employment," according to the company. The letter also asked Microsoft to prove that its actions were not illegal decisions based on racial discrimination.
"We strongly believe that the Microsoft Diversity Initiative fully complies with all US employment laws. We look forward to providing at OFCCP this information and, if necessary, to defend our approach. "
Microsoft also stressed that it is clear that it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, adding: "We also have positive obligations as a company that serves the federal government to continue to increase the diversity of our workforce…. "We have decades of experience and we know full well how to create good opportunities for people, without depriving others of opportunities."
The OFCCP did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to CNET.