According to court filings made public Monday and reported by Reuters, women working in us -based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment to the tech giant between 2010 and 2016.
For example, after investigating more than a hundred complaints of gender discrimination, Microsoft concluded that only one was "founded".
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 documents didn't indicate how numerous total complaints Microsoft investigators determined were founded.
There is no trial date for the case, and judge James Robart has yet to rule on a whether the plaintiffs will be allowed to bring a class action case against Redmond.
Microsoft denies gender discrimination of any kind, and says the plaintiffs in the case have failed to identify a company practice that impacted enough workers to merit a class action.
In court documents, the company also has stood behind its internal investigative process, which involves a four-person team that looks into each complaint filed with the company.
Microsoft's stock closed at $94.41 per share on Tuesday.
Microsoft said in yesterday's filing that the plaintiffs' claims were "simply not the stuff of which class actions are made".
Microsoft is arguing against the lawsuit being turned into a class action lawsuit, and said the plaintiffs can not cite one example of a pay or promotion problem in which Microsoft's investigations team should have found a violation of company policy, but did not.
The number of discrimination, harassment complaints being 2010 and 2016 were revealed in court documents for this case.
At least three women reported sexual assault or rape by male co-workers, including a female intern who alleged rape by a male intern, reported the rape to the police as well as her supervisor and HR, and yet was forced to work alongside her accused rapist.
"This cultural backdrop has had a real effect on me", wrote another, pointing to employees being called degrading terms for women.
Newly unredacted sections of the plaintiffs' court filings also show the frustration of some women, citing emails they wrote over the years to managers and executives. "I consider myself to be a strong person". I should not feel powerless.
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