Let me be clear on this next point: I am not a “sue-happy” individual. However, sometimes reminding organizations of their commitments to DEI is where the power of class action lawsuits comes into play, if we’re going to keep it real. These legal avenues serve as a potent tool for accountability, challenging companies to reevaluate their priorities and hold them responsible for their actions, or lack thereof.
That being said, let's not lose sight of the bigger picture. As we navigate this landscape, we must consider how the decline in affirmative action intersects with socioeconomic disparities to the possible detriment of society itself. How? Financial equity in a society translates into more people with disposable income to purchase goods and services offered by companies. It’s called consumerism and it makes the world go ‘round. Therefore, it stands to reason that the opportunities to have a more equal starting point in the human race offered to underrepresented and marginalized communities TODAY can significantly shape their futures tomorrow --and those of organizations looking to make a profit for years to come.
So, what can we do? How do we ensure that corporate America remains steadfast in its commitment to DEI? In some cases, the answer lies in innovative legal strategies, proactive measures, and a collective will to change. We must foster environments where diverse voices are not only heard but celebrated. We need to encourage mentorship and sponsorship programs that level the playing field and provide equal opportunities for advancement.