Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge:
[Apple] argues that it already has “much broader” diversity efforts at work and, in the past three years, has made “steady progress in attracting more women and underrepresented minorities.” […]
The company’s answer isn’t good enough for Maldonado. He says Apple is leaning too heavily on retail stores to improve its diversity figures while doing little at the senior level (82 percent of Apple’s leadership is white, versus only 56 percent of its retail employees). If that practice continues, Maldonado fears it’ll hurt Apple’s business in the years to come.
Maldonado, a Donald Trump supporter, isn’t going to get the board to pass his proposal any time soon. Every time a vote is taken, he’s in the single digits. One of the age-old arguments against such affirmative action is spilled in the comments:
In a world where people of color and women want to be acknowledged and have the same opportunities, hiring women and people of color simply for being women and people of color goes against exactly the principle of fairness to everyone.
And also, from another reader:
So I am all for diversity. It will only help everything. But forcing it or doing it unnaturally is only harmful. To everyone.
Pretty much no informed person wants what Maldonado is proposing. A company ought to be able to hire the right person for the job. If there’s a disproportionate number from one group that is qualified, that’s indicative of something, but it’s not the company’s job to change that. Don’t put a blame or burden on the company. Spend your energy elsewhere.