Corporate implications of SCOTUS affirmative action reversal

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The trickle-down effects of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning affirmative action in college admissions have already come to light.

On July 13, 13 Republican attorneys general wrote a letter to leaders of Fortune 100 companies warning them against using race as a factor in hiring and promotion decisions and threatening legal action if the companies did not comply.

Although the Fourteenth Amendment does not apply directly to private companies, the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and the letter argue Title VI and Title VII apply the same principles.

With legal attacks on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on the horizon, private employers should risk assess their programs.

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