Last week, we wrote about an issue involving IBM and Microsoft over the switch of former IBM executive, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre to the later. For those unaware, IBM is currently suing Microsoft for hiring its former chief diversity officer whose job was to promote, recruit, and hire more women and minorities in the tech space. The lawsuit claims that Microsoft “would unfairly benefit in the competition to hire qualified women and minority competition if McIntyre is allowed to jump ship.” To learn more check out our article HERE
A resolution may be coming soon however as according to the Seattle Times, “lawyers for the company [IBM] and the former IBM executive, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, met in a federal court in White Plains, New York, to hash out a possible deal through mediation talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison.” The goal of the agreement would be to protect IBM’s technology that was created under McIntyre to aid in their diversity hiring process. So far, IBM has “won a temporary order preventing her from taking her Microsoft post, in light of an agreement that she not work for a competitor for one year.”
As the two parties work through the resolution there are currently some major concerns with a possible agreement including “the length of time she [McIntyre] might have to sit out from full responsibilities” and whether she can be in “listen and learn mode” for a time in her Microsoft job, McIntyre’s attorney, Michael Delikat said. There is also disagreement over equity and other money IBM wants to claw back as part of the deal.”
Hopefully, the two parties can come to an agreement soon that benefits both. Until then we will look to keep you posted on events as they unfold.