Affirmative Action – A Matter of Degrees

On June 29th, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ended affirmative action in higher education. While this decision will almost certainly impact the candidate pool and workforce diversity, it is not immediately apparent how all this might affect the workplace. More specifically, the decision does not directly impact Title VII (employment relationships), and many DEI efforts related to a wider range of classifications than were at issue in this case (which relates to race only).

Business Takeaway: While we will need to stay tuned to see how this plays out for higher education and the workforce, it is important to recognize the distinction between this decision and any impacts related to your workplace. For businesses with DEI or related initiatives, contact us if you need assistance reviewing or reframing any policies that might be affected by this decision.