After the George Floyd uprisings in 2020, many companies publicly pledged and pursued diversity and equity initiatives (DEI) to provide more opportunities to people of color. However, those efforts have flattened in recent years and the new Supreme Court ruling could make things even more challenging.
According to a Revelio Labs study, more than 300 DEI professionals were laid off from top companies like Amazon and Nike since July of 2022.
Now, experts and affirmative action activists are concerned the recent ruling will further restrict the pipeline of college students of color entering or a part of the workforce and result in less diversity across various companies and industries.
Others fear that some companies could use the decision to target and push back on DEI initiatives, which include a broad set of programs to help make the workplace more safe and welcoming for employees across all identities and backgrounds.