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Microsoft Women Filed 238 Discrimination and Harassment Complaints: Court Documents

"Women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-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 and reported on by Reuters (March 12, Levine). The tally was cited by plaintiffs suing the world's largest software company for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to females. Microsoft denies it had any such policy in place. Plaintiffs' lawyers are pushing to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could cover 8,000-plus women. The two sides are exchanging documents ahead of trial, which has yet to be scheduled. Out of 118 gender discrimination complaints filed by women, only one was deemed "founded" by Microsoft, according to details in the unsealed court filings. "Companies generally keep information about internal discrimination complaints private," notes the wire service, "so it is unclear how the number of complaints at Microsoft compares to competitors."

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