No matter where a person goes in the world, there is universal love and understanding for the iconic brand of Coca-Cola. Being known for setting the gold standard when it comes to delicious carbonated beverages, Coke has been able to be a part of almost every memorable moment in recent history. From Olympics to SuperBowls, Coke is always present, which made them the perfect target for the liberal agenda and their cancel culture.
For those unaware, back in January, the general counsel for Coke, Bradley Gayton, took a bold stance when it came to diversity. Under his plan, outside law firms wishing to work with the company had to meet certain standards that some said violated the Civil Rights Act. Under Gayton, law firms were required to use “diverse attorneys” when working for the company, and half of them had to be black. And if a company did not abide by the new rules, it could be penalized financially.
Then, without warning, Gayton was quietly released from his position as the company went with Monica Howard Douglas as new general counsel. While details about Gayton’s termination are still not being discussed, Douglas did announce that Coca-Cola would be pausing the diversity initiative for now.
Not giving any more information, a spokesperson, Scott Leith did go on Fox Business to give a little insight into the decision for pausing the program. He said, “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.”
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It should also be noted that under Gayton’s guidance, some employees were expected to complete a “be less white” training course. Coca-Cola defended their move to teach their employees to be less white by claiming the curriculum could be found on popular recruiting site LinkedIn. The company has yet to clarify if their employees were forced to take the training or was it voluntary.