DOL Suits Won't Fix Silicon Valley Diversity Issues

Law360 (January 8, 2020, 6:05 PM EST) -- Among the legacies of the civil rights movement is a legal paradigm that transformed Silicon Valley into an immigrant-driven innovation hub. Against the backdrop of national anxieties on diversity and inclusion, however, this legal regime has not kept pace with demographic transformations in Silicon Valley.

U.S. Department of Labor lawsuits against tech giants are symptomatic of a larger failure by Congress and the president to address dilemmas that employment discrimination legal precedents cannot solve.

Silicon Valley’s demographic makeup can be traced to two laws dating back to the civil rights era. The first, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawed discrimination...

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