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Will Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling lead to a decline in DEI initiatives?

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Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

Just before June ended, the U.S. Supreme Court, in two separate decisions, held that college admission policies at Harvard College and the University of North Carolina (UNC) that included race as a factor were unconstitutional and unlawful under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, according to Investopedia.

The decisions effectively ended the practice of affirmative action – a policy aimed at increasing workplace and educational opportunities for people who are underrepresented in various areas of our society.

“Prior to the Fair Admissions decision, many workplace DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) programs were legally dubious. The ruling now confirms that those programs run afoul of the Constitution as well as discrete state and federal laws,” said Justin Danhof, Strive head of corporate governance, in the letter.

“McDonald’s internal hiring quotas and diversity proscriptions for suppliers exemplifies how the fast-food giant impermissibly divides people by race in precisely the way that the Supreme Court just struck down. To comply with the law and safeguard shareholders from costly litigation, McDonald’s should swiftly eliminate these programs.”

Hiring diversly isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s sheer business sense, according to Daisy Auger-Dominguez, chief people officer at VICE Media Group, in talking to HRD.

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