IBM Subsidiary Faces Discrimination Lawsuit Over DEI

Evan Poellinger | May 9, 2024

IBM’s Red Hat subsidiary has been hit with a lawsuit over alleged anti-white and anti-male discrimination.

America First Legal filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of Allan Wood. Wood alleges that he was the subject of racial and sexual discrimination by Red Hat because of the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy, which sought “to remake its workforce demographic, seeking to reach 30% women globally and 30% associates of color in the United States by 2028.”

The motivation behind Red Hat’s DEI program becomes glaringly apparent in light of reporter James O’Keefe’s release of a video in December, 2023 of IBM CEO Arvind Krishna openly expressing a willingness to use coercive tactics to increase diversity within the company.

Of employees tasked with increasing diversity, Krishna stated “so we take underrepresented and gender. You’ve got to move both forward by a percentage. That leads to a plus on your bonus. By the way, if you lose, you lose part of your bonus.”

Krishna also disparaged the inclusion of Asians under the banner of underrepresented minorities, declaring “for blacks, we should try to get towards 13-something percent. On Hispanics, you’ve got to get into the mid-teens,” while, “Asians in the U.S. are not an underrepresented minority in a tech company.”

Red Hat Chairman Paul Cormier affirmed Krishna’s perspective, commenting, “I’ll be very candid. Without an exception for privacy, I could name multiple leaders over the last year-plus that were held accountable to the point that they’re no longer here at Red Hat.” Indeed, Wood and 21 other employees were fired from Red Hat only two weeks after Wood voiced his opposition to both the company’s newfound DEI policies and its diversity “tsar” that Red Hat hired in 2021. Of the employees who were axed, all but one of them was a white male.

IBM and Red Hat, as with other companies, have become very comfortable with openly expressing their favorability toward DEI ideology and policies. However, if more lawsuits like Woods’ are filed, DEI’s hegemony in the corporate world may soon come to an end.