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Corporate Diversity Is Under Siege

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Companies are evaluating diversity programs in light of litigation threats.

Credit: Emil Lendof / The Wall Street Journal

Having successfully challenged the use of affirmative action by universities, conservative legal activists are now going after diversity initiatives widely deployed across American corporations. Some companies are already reconsidering their efforts.

Activists argue that companies are violating rules against race- and sex-discrimination. Companies say their initiatives fall within the law. Many say they remain committed to increasing the demographic diversity of their workforces and suppliers. 

Privately, many are asking their lawyers if and how much they should modify their methods in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative-action decision.

Some executives "were uncomfortable with equity programs from the get-go," says Angela Berg, who led the global DEI practice at HR consulting firm Mercer. The Supreme Court has changed the risk calculation, she says.

From The Wall Street Journal
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