I work for a mid-sized non profit employer that talked a good game last year about making us a more diverse and inclusive employer but they have done nothing since declaring Juneteeth a holiday. I approached the HR Director and asked if would be possible to put some statistics together to share at the company meeting in June identifying our employee demographics. I was particularly interested in areas other than race which is visible. I asked about veteran status, disability, gender, age, income, education level etc. I thought it might help us to recognize there is diversity in our organization even if it's not racially diverse (we live in a very rural, very white state so I don't expect there to be many people of color).
I was roundly shut down and told that information is all confidential and would never be shared. We are a not for profit organization. I was told to 'stay in my lane' and that they would not be sharing any of that information, they would also not ask employees for that information because it would open them up to liability.
Is that true?