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White Men Challenge Workplace Diversity Efforts

U.S. companies' efforts to make career advancement more accessible to women and people of color have been pushed to the forefront by two high-profile legal cases in which white men have accused their employers of discrimination, notes the Wall Street Journal (March 14, Weber). In one case, YouTube is being sued by a recruiter for allegedly retaliating against him after he complained the company discriminated against white and Asian male applicants in favor of hiring people of color and females. The other case was filed by James Damore against Google when he was fired after voicing opposition to the company's diversity-related hiring practices. Meanwhile, U.S. companies are facing pressure from advocacy groups and even investors to increase diversity and address such issues as the gender wage gap. Arjuna Capital, for instance, has pushed such companies as Inc. and Apple to fix pay disparities between male and female workers.

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