Labor Department investigating Microsoft pledge to hire more black workers

The Department of Labor notified Microsoft last week that it was investigating the company’s plans to hire more black workers.

The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs focused the inquiry on “whether Microsoft’s commitment to double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders in our U.S. workforce by 2025 could constitute unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, which would violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,” Microsoft’s corporate Vice President Dev Stahlkopf wrote.

In 2019, Microsoft revealed in its diversity report that across the entire company, 4.5% of its employees were black. Black employees comprise
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