Microsoft Women Filed More Than 200 Harassment and Discrimination Complaints

Doris Richards
March 13, 2018

The tech industry in the USA has been marred by increase in discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits over the past decade. 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.

Women at Microsoft working in US-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday.

The case was first filed in 2015 and the lead plaintiffs, Katherine Moussouris and Holly Muenchow, are seeking approval to bring the suit as a class action covering more than 8,600 women. Microsoft denies it had any such policy.

In the latest document, which is a motion to bring the case as a class action, the plaintiffs claimed Microsoft's investigations team is "notorious... for "rubber-stamping" management", while employees have "little faith" in investigations. According to details in unreleased court fillings, out of 118 gender discrimination complaints filed by female employees at Microsoft, only one was regarded "founded" by the company. Moreover, many complaints have been kept private by companies. The company adds that it spends more than $55 million a year to promote diversity and inclusion.

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.

A review from Reuters about federal court cases filed from 2006 to 2016 highlighted hundreds of cases containing sexual harassment allegations.

Microsoft had argued the numbers should not be released saying that making the outcomes public could discourage women in the company from coming forward 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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