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IBM’s Red Hat Sued by Stephen Miller’s Legal Group for Anti-White Male Bias

🌈 Abstract

The article discusses a lawsuit filed by Stephen Miller's legal group, America First Legal (AFL), against IBM subsidiary Red Hat Inc. The lawsuit claims that Red Hat's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program led to the discriminatory treatment and termination of a former White male employee, Allan Kingsley Wood.

🙋 Q&A

[01] Lawsuit Details

1. What are the key allegations made in the lawsuit against Red Hat?

  • The lawsuit claims that Red Hat's DEI program, which involved setting hiring goals for women and minorities, led to the discriminatory treatment and termination of Allan Kingsley Wood, a former senior director at Red Hat.
  • The lawsuit alleges that Wood faced race and gender discrimination due to Red Hat's DEI program, and that he was retaliated against for voicing his opposition to the company's DEI policies.
  • The lawsuit also claims that Red Hat announced DEI goals that involved "quotas" to "remake its workforce demographic," aiming to reach 30% women globally and 30% associates of color in the U.S. by 2028.
  • The lawsuit states that Wood was told his role was being eliminated, along with 21 other employees, the vast majority of whom were also White and male.

2. What is the relief sought by the plaintiff in the lawsuit?

  • The lawsuit seeks compensation for Wood, as well as an injunction against Red Hat's DEI program.

[02] Broader Context

1. How have conservative groups been responding to corporate DEI efforts?

  • Conservative groups have increasingly launched legal attacks on corporate DEI following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2023 decision curtailing affirmative action in college admissions.
  • Suits have claimed that hiring and recruitment decisions made around both full-time jobs and fellowships at large companies are biased against White workers, but have gained only limited traction in federal courts.

2. What is the stance of America First Legal (AFL) on corporate DEI programs?

  • AFL has filed several lawsuits over corporate DEI-related issues and has more frequently brought its complaints directly to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • The group has submitted over 30 requests for the EEOC to investigate high-profile corporations' DEI programs for bias, including one targeting IBM's diversity work.
  • AFL generally claims that companies' DEI efforts discriminate against White and male employees in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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