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Microsoft just hired a arch farrago officer — and IBM is suing them over it (IBM, MSFT)

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  • IBM is suing Microsoft for poaching its arch diversity
    officer and human resources executive, Lindsay-Rae
  • On Monday, a justice expelled a proxy confining order
    which prevents McIntyre from operative at Microsoft until further
  • Using Microsoft’s own arguments from a previous
    lawsuit, IBM is arguing that its farrago strategy is both
    trusted and “potentially damaging” if shared with its

Tech companies have a reduction than stellar record employing women and
minorities. But these companies will apparently do whatever it
takes — including rising a authorised fight — to sinecure one form of
person: a Chief Diversity Officer.

IBM is
suing Microsoft
for poaching its top farrago officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre in a
case that could infer just how critical diversity, recruitment,
and influence has turn for tech companies. 

McIntyre, who assimilated IBM in 2006,
was named arch farrago officer of Microsoft on Sunday,
after portion in the same role and as VP of human resources at
IBM. IBM, in its complaint, argues that McIntyree had entrance to
diversity data, strategies, methodologies and initiatives
that are confidential, and that she “will use, rest on or
divulge” these strategies in her new role.

On Monday, IBM was postulated a proxy confining sequence in New
York sovereign court, which prevents McIntyre from operative for
Microsoft until the justice decides otherwise. 

“McIntyre was at the core of rarely trusted and
competitively supportive information that has fueled IBM’s success
in these areas,” a representative for IBM pronounced in a statement.
“While we know Microsoft’s need to understanding with mounting
critique of its record on diversity, IBM intends to fully
make Ms. McIntyre’s non-compete agreement to strengthen our
rival information.”

IBM is using another Microsoft lawsuit to disagree its case

At the heart of IBM’s censure is an persisting lawsuit from
2015, Moussouris v. Microsoft Corporation. The lawsuit
alleges that Microsoft evenly discriminated against women
in technical and engineering roles at the company when it came to
evaluations, pay, and promotions. 

The briefings for that lawsuit wrapped up on Feb 9. Now it
is up to the courts to confirm either or not the case has
class-action status. 

As partial of its non-compete case, IBM is looking to use
Microsoft’s own authorised arguments from the Moussouris lawsuit
to make its own point.

In Apr 2017, to forestall certain information from being released
publicly in the find process, Microsoft argued that such
farrago information is “not merely confidential, but so supportive and
potentially deleterious to Microsoft if suggested to its competitors
(e.g., IBM), that the justice should take the unusual measure
of putting the information under seal,” according to IBM’s

Microsoft eventually got some of the papers in the case
sealed, and others expelled with redactions.

In its central response to IBM, Microsoft argued that
enforcing McIntyre’s non-compete agreement is “draconian,”
as McIntyre has betrothed not to share trusted information
with Microsoft.  

It’s worth observant that IBM’s employee ranks are not a manuscript of
diversity: According to IBM’s website, women comprised 31.8% of
its global workforce in 2016.

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