(The Post Millennial) – The popular soda pop drink Coca-Cola was experiencing inner turmoil at the company amidst a “diverse attorneys” initiative. However after a key staff change, Coke is seemingly pausing the “woke” plans they had in store.
It was the brainchild of Bradley Gayton, who up until recently had served as Coke’s general counsel. He hasn’t left Coca-Cola. Now he’s serving as the CEO’s consultant and banking a $12 million salary in that role.
But Monica Howard Douglas has to fill these shoes.
Coke spokesman Scott Leith told New York Post that the person who replaced Gayton is looking over this diversity plan.
“When there is a leadership change, it takes time for the new leader to review the current status of the team, organization and initiatives. Monica is fully committed to the notions of equity and diversity in the legal profession, and we fully expect she will take the time necessary to thoughtfully review any plans going forward.”
At the beginning of the year in a public letter unveiling the diversity plan, Bradley Gayton made it clear he wants faster diversity to happen:
“We have developed score cards, held summits, established committees and written action plans. These efforts are not working. I’m reminded of this by the alarming number of new partner headshots that continue to be proudly published with an obvious lack of diversity and when I read that Black equity partners will not reach parity with the Black U.S. population until 2391.”
That’s how Bradley Gayton came up with a new company policy that at least 30 percent of billed time would come from “diverse attorneys,” and that half of that would be solely dedicated to black lawyers.
A move that led the Project on Fair Representation to voice their concerns over the legality of racial quotas. They described it as “unfair,” “polarizing,” and “illegal.”