Coca-Cola’s new “woke” policy would land law firms in hot water, discriminating employment practices based on race
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Coca-Cola Company’s legal department will only work with law firms that have a certain number of black attorneys.
In a letter to outside counsel, Coke’s Senior Vice President General Counsel Bradley M. Gayton laid out the diversity quotas necessary to work with the popular soda company.
Diverse attorneys could be “American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Women, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and Persons with Disabilities.”
The partner firm needs to “commit that at least 30% of each of billed associate and partner time will be from diverse attorneys, and of such amounts at least half will be from Black attorneys.”
The “ultimate aspiration” is at least 50% diverse attorneys, with at least half from black attorneys.
Gayton says it is connected to the U.S. Census data, however, black Americans only make up 13.4% of the U.S. population and the number of black attorneys is disproportionately low, making up 5% of all U.S. attorneys, the American Bar Association reported in 2020.
“Over the past several months, the Global Legal team at The Coca-Cola Company as well as many across the organization has looked deeply into the meaning of our Company’s purpose in relation to advancing Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.”
Coca-Cola is potentially putting law firms in legal trouble.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to make employment decisions because of race, Breitbart reported.
This comes after the company was under fire for training material teaching workers to be “less white.”