Intel, Microsoft and Lucent are so concerned about their ability to recruit a diverse workforce that they are asking the US Supreme Court to preserve affirmative action in a college admissions case.
The technology giants are filing a legal brief which argues that race should be considered in college admissions in order to provide technology companies with the diverse workers they need to succeed.
The filing is in response to a case involving the University of Michigan's admission policies.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the companies will not take a position on whether the University of Michigan's policies, which include awarding extra points to black, Latino and American Indian undergraduate applicants, are constitutional.
Tech companies maintain that their workforces are largely white and Asian because of the current low numbers of black and Latino engineering and computer science graduates.
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