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Microsoft plan to increase Black representation in its U.S. workforce probed by Labor Department

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Microsoft says the Labor Department is investigating whether its commitment to increase Black representation in its U.S. workforce is discriminatory in what some are warning is a broadside by the Trump administration against corporate initiatives to take on systemic racism following the death of George Floyd.

In a blog post, Microsoft says it believes its June pledge to double the number of Black managers and senior employees by 2025 complies with civil rights laws.

Microsoft is one of a number of U.S. companies that launched initiatives to diversify their mostly white leadership ranks amid national protests after Floyd, a Black man, died under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis.

A letter from the the agency overseeing federal contractors for the Labor Department sent to the software giant last week suggested the initiative might be a violation of the Civil Rights Act because it “appears to imply that employment action may be taken on the basis of race.” 

Source: usatoday.com

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