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Hundreds of women in Microsoft complain of sexual harassment

Hundreds of women in Microsoft complain of sexual harassment

A Microsoft logo is seen a day after Microsoft Corp's $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn Corp in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on June 14, 2016.

The suit alleges that women working in US -based technical positions at the company were denied promotions and/or pay raises because of an internal rating system that discriminated against female workers. The plaintiff's attorneys are attempting to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could potentially cover as many as 8,000 women.

According to a report from Reuters, it appears that over a six-year period, Microsoft upheld only one of the 118 gender discrimination complaints they received from their female employees, per court filings.

Female staff at Microsoft in the United States filed 238 gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaints between 2010 and 2016, court filings made public on Monday have revealed.

The company's human resources practices were highlighted in the documents made public Monday.

Attorneys representing the women who filed the lawsuit in 2015 called the findings "shocking".

The two sides are exchanging documents ahead of a trial, which is going to look very messy for Vole.

Companies generally keep information about internal discrimination complaints private, so it is unclear how the number of complaints at Microsoft compares to competitors.

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In court documents, Microsoft also has stood behind its internal investigative process, which involves a four-person team that looks into each complaint filed with the company.

Microsoft budgets more than $55 million a year to promote diversity and inclusion, it said in court filings.

U.S. District Judge James Robart has not yet given a ruling on whether the case's class action status. The company had about 74,000 US employees at the end of 2017.

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.

The documents were originally reported by Reuters earlier this week.

Nadella's comments prompted uproar on social media at the time, and Microsoft quickly rushed out a response in which Nadella admitted he had been "completely wrong".

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.

A court-appointed official found that scenario "far too remote a competitive or business harm" to justify keeping the information sealed.


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