Law firms working with Hewlett Packard will be required to meet its diversity standards or risk losing up to 10 per cent of their invoiced fees.
Hewlett Packard's general counsel (fancy words for the boss lawyer who works in house) states that women make up 55% of HP's workforce.
I thought diversity included more than just hiring women. Silly me.
How many Asians does HP employ? How many Muslims? How many homosexuals?
I don't know the relationship between HP and its exterior legal advisors, and in particular don't know how much revenue is involved. But lawyers spend their day working their way around rules and regulations in order to make them work for clients in the situation they face.
I don't think a silly diversity edict will worry them too much. Anyway, what is HP going to upon receiving a hefty legal fee? Ask them how many women the employ before paying it?