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Upholding DE&I Programs and Practices in the U.S. with Chai Feldblum

On June 18th 2024, Chai Feldblum, a long-time civil rights advocate, scholar, and former Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the U.S., joined David Pritchett, Managing Director of the EDGE Certified Foundation, for a conversation on:

  • The current state of U.S. employment anti-discrimination law
  • How coordinated action against DE&I initiatives in the U.S. impacts employers / organizations
  • Effectively upholding a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) amidst current legal challenges.

Organizations in the U.S. face an increasingly complex regulatory landscape in DE&I, following a 2023 Supreme Court decision on affirmative action. This development highlights the importance of employers demonstrating commitment to DE&I goals and initiatives in legally permissible ways to avoid any risk of litigation.

The EDGEtalks webinar provided valuable insights into the challenges posed by current U.S. employment anti-discrimination laws for DE&I in the workplace. Chai emphasized the importance of employers taking smart, strategic, and thoughtful actions. She explored examples of what employers should continue doing and what they should avoid doing to ensure a coherent strategy and targeted operational activities to enhance DE&I performance through legally compliant means.

Watch the video below for key highlights.