The Supreme Court’s ruling about affirmative action in college admissions has the corporate world questioning implications of the ruling on their DEI policies. Attorneys General in 13 states believe that the implications are directly applicable beyond college admissions. In a letter to Fortune 100 CEOs explicitly calling out big tech companies with DEI policies, the group of AGs demand a business-wide end to affirmative action practices – or else.
“In sum, the Court powerfully reinforced the principle that all racial discrimination, no matter the motivation, is invidious and unlawful: Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it…
We urge you to immediately cease any unlawful race-based quotas or preferences your company has adopted for its employment and contracting practices. If you choose not to do so, know that you will be held accountable – sooner rather than later – for your decision to continue treating people differently because of the color of their skin.”
Time will tell whether these CEOs – and others – will heed this written warning and whether it will have larger implications.