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13 Mär 2018

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Olivia Solon, The Guardian

Lawsuit claims sexual harassment rife in Microsoft's 'boys' club atmosphere'

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Microsoft handled 238 internal complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination in a “lacklustre” way, according to court documents published this week.  Between 2010 and 2016, women in technical jobs at the company lodged 108 complaints of sexual harassment, 119 complaints of gender discrimination, eight complaints of retaliation and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination.  The plaintiffs accuse the world’s largest software company of systematically denying pay rises or promotions to women and has an “exclusionary ‘boys’ club’ atmosphere” that is “rife with sexual harassment”.  At least three women reported sexual assault or rape by male co-workers, including a female intern who alleged rape by a male intern, reported the rape to the police as well as her supervisor and HR, and yet was forced to work alongside her accused rapist.  The plaintiffs allege that the software company’s human resources department failed to properly investigate and redress complaints...[A]fter investigating more than a hundred complaints of gender discrimination, Microsoft concluded that only one was “founded”...The company had also argued that the number of complaints should not be released as they might deter people from reporting future abuses...

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