U.S. government scrutinizes Microsoft’s plan to spend $150M on diversity and inclusion programs

U.S. government scrutinizes Microsoft’s plan to spend $150M on diversity and inclusion programs

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Microsoft in June announced a sweeping racial justice plan, including an initiative to spend $150 million on diversity and inclusion programs, and double its number of Black and African American managers and senior employees by 2025 in the U.S. […]

Now the United States Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is taking a closer look at the company’s plan and whether it constitutes unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.

“We have every confidence that Microsoft’s diversity initiative complies fully with all U.S. employment laws,” Dev Stahlkopf, corporate vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “We look forward to providing the OFCCP with this information and, if necessary, defending our approach.”

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