Microsoft was charged with hundreds of lawsuits from female workers of the company for gender discrimination and sexual harassment. According to the legal document published by the court this week, 238 complaints were filed against the software giant between 2010 and 2016. The female employees involved in the US-based technical jobs faced denial of pay rise and promotion as the part of harassment.
The Plaintiff accused Microsoft for discriminating among the genders in its professional environment and using biased rating systems against its female employees. The complaint figures were released as the proposed class-action against the software giant. However, the US District Judge James Robart is yet to look on the appeal for scheduling the trial.
According to the legal document, out of all 238 cases, 108 complaints belongs to sexual harassment, there are 109 gender discrimination complaints, eight retaliation complaints and three complaints about pregnancy discrimination. The Plaintiff's attorney also claimed that there are hundred of sexual harassment cases and incident that Microsoft let go unpunished. This also includes a complaint of an intern who accused her fellow male intern for rape. As per the reports, the incident was also reported to the respective Manager and HR. But the company didn't take any action and forced her to continue working alongside the accused.
“While 238 complaints lodged with HR by professional women making careers at a Fortune 50 company is shocking enough, what is even more disappointing is the lacklustre response to the issues raised by the Microsoft team tasked with investigating complaints of Microsoft’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy,” wrote in the court filing.
On this, Microsoft denies all the accusations and claimed to have a healthy environment for female workers. The company also said that its internal unit received all these claimed instances and after an internal investigation it “founded” only one such complain to be punishable. Microsoft says it spends over $55 million a year to promote diversity within the company’s working space. Moreover, the company claims that the plaintiff didn't identify the practices that affected enough number of employees to acquire a law-class warrant. This raises a question on the company’s ethics and we really need to know how many employees it need to become the harassment victim in order to make a change.
However, this is not the first time that a tech giant is accused of favoring the gender or color discrimination at work. Recently, Google’s former employee, James Damore filed a lawsuit against the company for discriminating against ‘white conservative men’.