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14 Mar 2018

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Ofshore Technology International (India)

'Women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers,' lawsuit alleges

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According to a newly unsealed court filing, women at Microsoft who work in technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints pertaining to gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010 through 2016.  The figures were revealed as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit originally filed in 2015 (Moussouris v. Microsoft).  The female plaintiffs argue that the company’s internal rating system discriminates against women and disfavors professional advancement for women.  As part of the class certification process and civil discovery, Microsoft handed over years of records to the plaintiffs’ lawyers.  In the Monday-released filing...Moussouris’ lawyer, Michael Subit, wrote that “Microsoft’s Culture is Rife with Sexual Harassment”...Specifically, Subit continued, Microsoft’s internal unit (known as “ERIT”) received 108 complaints of sexual harassment filed by female US-based technical employees, 119 complaints of gender discrimination, eight complaints of retaliation, and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination.  Out of all of the claimed instances of gender discrimination, Microsoft’s internal investigation only found that one such complaint was “founded.”...In December 2017, Microsoft said it would end forced arbitration for employees who file sexual harassment claims...

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