Coca-Cola faces threats on diversity, civil-rights stances

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5/8/2021 8:24:00 PM

Coca-Cola is under fire over its stance on racial justice. The company's diversity program has caught the ire of an anti-affirmative-action activist.

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firms that meet diversity targets up to a 3% bonus on their fees.Some companies set bars that are arguably higher than Coke's. The Facebook spokeswoman Nneka Norville said in a written statement that the company now requires that 50% of the lawyers on its teams be diverse — including women, LGBTQ people, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities — up from 33% last year. It doesn't impose an hours requirement like Coke, but it does require that women and minorities be given more than token assignments. These lawyers are expected"to serve as a relationship manager, make significant contributions in the courtroom or on deals, etc." the spokeswoman said.

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No one who spoke to Insider can recall any of those companies facing a potential lawsuit over their diversity programs. Kim Rivera, HP's former chief legal officer, said companies, investors, law firms, and stakeholders see the harm that can come from"a persistent lack of inclusion and equity."

HP saidit will hold back 10% of the bill from law firms whose invoices don't reflect that at least 10% of the time was done or overseen by women and minority lawyers.Rivera said a small portion of law firms shared negative feedback but added that feedback was motivated by a misunderstanding of what HP's program actually does. HP said just 46% of its law firms were compliant with the program's requirements when it was rolled out in 2017, a number that now stands at 100%. headtopics.com

Blum said in an email Thursday that his group's public letter to Coca-Cola triggered"numerous calls and emails" about similar policies. He said they would be investigated"and challenged in court if necessary."Blum calls Coke's program a 'racial quota'

It's not clear whether any lawsuit over Coca-Cola's diversity requirement would succeed. In a letter to Coke, Blum's lawyers citeda provision of federal lawthat bans race discrimination in private contracting. Blum, in a phone call, said his group has"no objection to companies casting a wide net, looking for unique law firms, unique contractors, unique individuals, companies that are owned by women, companies that are owned by racial minorities, companies that are owned by white men."

"We have no squabble with that," he said."We have a squabble with Coke because these are racial quotas and racial quotas are completely forbidden in American civil-rights jurisprudence."Stacy Hawkins, a professor at Rutgers University, said the private-contracting law likely doesn't apply to this situation. Law firms are owned by their equity partners, and while the exact breakdown of law firm equity is often confidential, law firm partnerships are overwhelmingly white.

"None of these policies or practices that have been adopted ... speak to the difference between majority- and minority-owned law firms," she said."They speak to majority-owned firms and their use of minority lawyers."Coca-Cola wouldn't make Gayton or Douglas available for an interview but released a statement that said:"When there is a leadership change, it takes time for the new leader to review the current status of the team, organization and initiatives. Monica is fully committed to the notions of equity and diversity in the legal profession, and we fully expect she will take the time necessary to thoughtfully review any plans going forward." headtopics.com

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Tom Mars, a former top lawyer at Walmart who helped the company add Black and Hispanic lawyers to its legal department, expressed disbelief that any law firm would take a public stance against Coke's policy. "What law firm wants to be known ... as the law firm that's opposed to promoting diversity in the legal profession?" he said."That would be strategically insane."

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ATTN BigLaw: Please support Coca-Cola Legal in its continuing efforts to create more meaningful opportunities for lawyers of color. We need your help. ABAesq NAPABA HNBANews TheRevAl CocaCola Good! Glad to see these corporate behemoths with all talk and no action finally be called on the carpet regarding their gross lack of diversity and inclusion.

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