Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Discrimination & Harassment In Tech Pervades, Female Employees At Microsoft Filed 238 Lawsuits

Discrimination & Harassment In Tech Pervades, Female Employees At Microsoft Filed 238 Lawsuits

Of these, 108 were of sexual harassment, 119 of gender discrimination, eight of retaliation and three of pregnancy discrimination. The blog post by Susan Fowler, former employee at Uber revealed the true face of work culture in the company that denies promotions and advancement in career to female employees.

According to the recent court filling made public on Monday, female employees working at Microsoft Corp. based in the USA registered 238 internal complaints regarding gender discrimination and sexual harassment during the period, 2010-2016.

Plaintiffs' attorneys are pushing to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could cover more than 8,000 women. This would cover almost 8,000 women. More details about Microsoft's human resources practices were made public on Monday in legal filings submitted as part of that process.

Plaintiffs suing the tech giant cited those numbers in a lawsuit filed in 2015.

Microsoft has denied widespread claims of gender discrimination and during the suit has pointed to the $55 million a year it spends towards promoting diversity.

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Microsoft maintains that there is no larger pattern of discrimination, and it's hard to say how that number compares to competitors. Microsoft adds that the plaintiffs have not identified practices "that impact enough employees" to warrant a class action lawsuit against it.

The numbers are being used by plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit against the company as an example of women being paid less and being less likely to receive promotions than men at Microsoft. In these allegations, companies implemented common civil litigation tactics to keep information about sexual misconduct allegations private.

Microsoft argued the number of complaints from women to human resources should be kept under wraps because it could discourage others from reporting incidents in the future.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs alleged there isn't a monitor for repeat offenders or retaliation against the complainant, and Redmond doesn't mandate training in discrimination, anti-harassment or complaint handling.

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