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24 Sep 2018

Becky Peterson, Business Insider

USA: Court of appeals agrees to reconsider denial of class action status for gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft

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"A gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft could see new light as court agrees to reconsider class action status for 8,600 current and former employees", 21 Sep 2018

A gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft first filed in 2015 could see new light following an appeals court's decision...to reconsider a lower court ruling denying class action status...The plaintiffs were denied class action status on June 25, by a district court in the state of Washington...which...argued that the plaintiffs failed to make their case that the women's experiences affected an entire class of people.  If the Ninth Circuit overturns the lower court ruling and grants class certification, it would represent a significant victory for the plaintiffs...The plaintiffs are seeking to certify a class of more than 8,600 women in various Microsoft offices across the US and seeking compensatory and punitive damages.  Microsoft said in a statement that "we continue to believe that the judge made the right decision in denying class certification..."  Microsoft has until January 31, 2019 to file its opposition...

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