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IBM is suing the latest big name hire for Microsoft, one of its top competitors, for allegedly leaving the company with proprietary department secrets — potentially showing how serious some tech companies are in addressing complaints over a lack of workplace heterogeneity.
Filed Monday, the lawsuit claims that if allowed to start too quickly, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, who joined IBM in 2006, will inherently take confidential data about diversity and certain initiatives to Microsoft, according to The Seattle Times.
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“I am excited to join Microsoft, a company that has not only adapted well to rapid change in the business landscape but elevated the standards of what we can expect in a technology provider when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” McIntyre said in a Microsoft press release announcing her hiring.
IBM wants to enforce a one-year non-competition agreement, meaning McIntyre would have quite some time before she’s able to start working again in that capacity, to avoid “real and immediate competitive harm.” A year to IBM, and many other companies who have completed the same sort of contract, is apparently desirable because...
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