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Female Microsoft employees submitted hundreds of harassment and discrimination complaints, lawsuit says

Female workers at Microsoft filed 238 complaints about discrimination on grounds of sex or sexual harassment, a lawsuit stated.

(Reuters)

Court documents made public on Monday showed female workers at Microsoft filed 238 harassment and discrimination complaints from 2010 to 2016.

Plaintiffs suing the tech giant cited those numbers in a lawsuit filed in 2015. They claim that Microsoft “systematically” refused “to pay increases or promotions to the woman,” Reuters reported. Microsoft denied the claims.

The plaintiff’s lawyers in the hope that the suit can proceed as a class action lawsuit, in which “more than 8,000 women.”

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The company’s hr practices were highlighted in the documents made public on Monday.

The court documents stated only one sex discrimination complaint of 118 was “founded” by the world’s largest software company. The plaintiff’s lawyers called the large number of complaints “shocking” and called the “Microsoft research” team “lackluster.”

Microsoft said the plaintiffs ‘ claims are not enough to justify a class action lawsuit alleging the company spent $ 55 million a year to “promote diversity and inclusion.”

Microsoft claimed that the plaintiffs were not able to be a case of a salary or promotion problem that the company is considered to be a violation of the policy.

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A judge has not immediately decided whether to expand the lawsuit as a class action.

Reuters reviewed federal lawsuits in the course of 2006 and 2016, found that hundreds of sexual harassment allegations. The review also revealed the companies used “ordinary civil procedure tactic to keep potentially damaging information under wraps.”

Microsoft introduced the number of complaints of women on the human resources need to be kept under wraps, because it would discourage others from reporting incidents in the future.

Despite the lawsuit, filed in 2015, and got renewed attention after the #MeToo movement.

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