IBM claims the information that Lindsay-Rae McIntyre possesses—including confidential data about diversity, strategies and initiatives—can cause “real and immediate competitive harm” if she’s allowed to move immediately to Microsoft. “McIntyre was at the center of highly confidential and competitively sensitive information that has fuelled IBM’s success” in diversity and inclusion, the company said in a statement. McIntyre oversaw teams responsible for developing artificial intelligence-based tools and methods used to track career development, recommend growth and promotion opportunities and measure diversity metrics, IBM said. IBM’s diversity-related trade secrets aren’t valuable to Microsoft and McIntyre wouldn’t be able to use them in her new role, her attorneys said. IBM made a reference to the lawsuit because Microsoft had asserted that diversity exhibits, if disclosed, would cause it competitive harm.
Source: Mint February 13, 2018 03:22 UTC