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IBM has taken legal action against its former HR leader in the USA for allegedly breaching a one-year non-competitive agreement by accepting a role at rival firm Microsoft.

Court documents obtained by HRD reveal that IBM has successfully lodged an injunction that prevents Lindsay-Rae McIntyre from working for Microsoft.

McIntyre worked in a variety of HR roles at IBM over more than two decades. Most recently, she held the role of HR vice president, IBM Executive Succession and Development and chief diversity officer.

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On 12 January, McIntyre accepted a position with Microsoft to serve as its chief diversity and inclusion officer in Seattle, allegedly in breach of her contract.

Within hours of IBM filing its suit, a New York federal judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing McIntyre from working at Microsoft until the hearing is held.

McIntyre has denied that she is in a position to exploit sensitive HR information for Microsoft’s benefit.

“I was exposed to IBM’s diversity data across its various business segments; however, as one would expect in an organisation of over 380,000 employees, I certainly have not committed any of this to memory, nor have I taken any materials from IBM that would reveal this data,” she told the court.

The case will be watched closely by senior HR professionals around the world.

Source: hrmonline.ca


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