Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Microsoft’s new leader variety officer, is being sued by IBM, the previous employer, for violating a year-long non-compete settlement.

McIntyre, who labored at IBM for greater than 20 years, was once appointed by Microsoft to “drive a multitude of existing cross-company initiatives to further Microsoft’s progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture.”

But IBM says in a lawsuit filed in a federal courtroom in New York that McIntyre will use methods and variety knowledge belonging to the corporate and that have been categorized as confidential, thus violating a non-compete clause.

The courtroom has already issued a short lived restraining order that stops McIntyre from running for Microsoft till a last ruling is made.

“Lindsay Rae McIntyre was, until she abruptly resigned to compete against IBM, one of IBM’s most senior executives with knowledge of IBM’s most closely guarded and competitively sensitive strategic plans and recruitment initiatives,” the corporate stated within the lawsuit.

First listening to to happen this month

“As Microsoft has admitted, disclosure of the very type of confidential information that McIntyre possesses – non-public diversity data, strategies, and initiatives – can cause real and immediate competitive harm.”

IBM issues to another case wherein Microsoft itself struggled to protected variety knowledge, looking to turn out that business secrets and techniques wish to be secure when workers trade corporations.

The corporate is going on to give an explanation for that by becoming a member of Microsoft, McIntyre would compete in opposition to IBM in the similar government process for the tool massive, and regardless of if she desires it or now not, she is going to use and reveal the confidential and delicate data that it is aware of from her earlier process. This “would place IBM at a competitive disadvantage,” the corporate stated.

Microsoft hasn’t issued a commentary on this case, however the first listening to is about for February 22. In the period in-between, McIntyre can’t paintings for Microsoft, and it’s believed the pass judgement on would rule within the choose of IBM.