February 13, 2018

IBM’s former HR boss sued for joining Microsoft


Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, the Former Executive of International Business Machines Corp (IBM), was sued by the company for allegedly violating a one-year non-competitive agreement. She was recently named Microsoft Corp's new Chief Diversity Officer.

On February 12, in a lawsuit filed at a New York federal court, the IBM Company stated that highly confidential and sensitive information about IBM's diversity strategies, hiring targets, technologies and innovations were possessed by their ex-employee McIntyre, who "abruptly resigned to compete against IBM".

Neither Microsoft nor McIntyre were available for comment; even outside the regular business hours.

As per reports by Bloomberg, McIntyre has been barred by Judge Vincent Briccetti from moving to Microsoft temporarily.

IBM complained that McIntyre was using and disclosing, whether intentionally or not, its confidential and sensitive information which would place the company at a competitive disadvantage. As per her profile on social media, McIntyre was Human Resources VP and Chief Diversity Officer at IBM.

IBM said it sought to enforce McIntyre's non-competition agreement for the 12-month period and recover from her the equity compensation she has forfeited by "violating her contractual duties" to IBM.

In her defence, McIntyre’s lawyers told Bloomberg that IBM's diversity-related trade secrets are not valuable to Microsoft and McIntyre will not be able to use them in her new role.

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