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13 Mar 2018

Author:
Dan Levine, Reuters

Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints

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Women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings...The figure was cited by plaintiffs suing Microsoft for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women...Microsoft denies it had any such policy...Plaintiffs’ attorneys are pushing to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could cover more than 8,000 women...The two sides are exchanging documents ahead of trial, which has not been scheduled.  Out of 118 gender discrimination complaints filed by women at Microsoft, only one was deemed “founded” by the company, according to the unsealed court filings...Microsoft said the plaintiffs cannot cite one example of a pay or promotion problem in which Microsoft’s investigations team should have found a violation of company policy but did not.  U.S. District Judge James Robart has not yet ruled on the plaintiffs’ request for class action status...Microsoft had argued that the number of womens’ human resources complaints should be secret because publicizing the outcomes could deter employees from reporting future abuses...

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