Women at Microsoft made 238 sexual harassment, gender discrimination complaints

14 March, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Women at Microsoft Corp filed 238 internal complaints about discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings.

The plaintiffs allege that Microsoft has systematically denied pay raises or promotions to women.

Microsoft's stock closed at $94.41 per share on Tuesday.

More than 230 internal complaints of harassment and discrimination within Microsoft were handled in a "lackluster" way by the business, according to documents made public yesterday in a class action lawsuit.

Microsoft has said that corrective action might be taken even if no policy violation was found, and that the person who filed the complaint might not be informed.

In the past, Microsoft argued that the number of complaints filed by women should be kept undisclosed because publicizing the number could discourage women at the company from filing complaints in the future.

The plaintiffs claimed Microsoft "does not properly investigate or redress" such complaints, and note only one of the gender discrimination complaints was "founded".

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Microsoft's case is one of many piling up against giant companies in the technology industry, which has come under fire in recent years for its dearth of female and minority employees and for its culture, which some say is hostile toward those groups.

The plaintiff's attorneys argued that the number of complaints was itself shocking and that Microsoft's investigational team had showcased a lacklustre response. The firm claims that plaintiffs could not cite an example in which company policy was violated as regards pay raises and promotions.

Microsoft said in court filings that the plaintiffs did not identify practices that impact enough employees to warrant a class action, and that it spends more than $55 million per year to promote diversity and inclusion.

A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

There is no trial date for the case, and judge James Robart has yet to rule on a whether the plaintiffs will be allowed to bring a class action case against Redmond.

Microsoft is the latest tech giant to be at the centre of discrimination complaints from its staff, after it emerged that the software giant has been hit with hundreds of complaints. One of the initial "super powers" that, quite frankly, women [who] don't ask for a raise have.

Top Vole Satya Nadella put his foot in it when he told a women's conference that: "it's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise". "Because that's good karma".


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