Microsoft is being questioned by the US government over whether a diversity initiative amounts to racial discrimination.
The Department of Labor has singled out the firm’s pledge to double the number of “black and African American” senior staff by 2025.
Officials have warned the company the target appears “to imply that the employment action may be taken on the basis of race”.
Microsoft denies the accusation.
“We are clear that the law prohibits us from discriminating on the basis of race,” the firm’s lawyer Dev Stahlkopf blogged.
“We also have affirmative obligations as a company that serves the federal government to continue to increase the diversity of our workforce, and we take those obligations very seriously.
“One thing remains true of all our programmes. We hire and promote the most-qualified person. And nothing we announced