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Microsoft lawsuit leads to incredible data on internal complaints

Some incredible information was released recently about Microsoft and their handling of gender discrimination complaints within the company. The information was released as a part of a lawsuit that Microsoft is currently defending, one that dates back to 2015 when it was alleged that the company denied women chances at promotions and refused raise requests.

According to the information, there were 118 gender discrimination complaints at Microsoft from 2010 to 2016. Out of all of those complaints, only one was labeled as "founded" by the company. In other words, less than 1 percent of gender discrimination complaints were actually acted on by Microsoft.

The lawsuit could be pushed from here to class action status, with over 8,000 women looking to take part in the lawsuit. The legal team behind the lawsuit called the number of complaints "shocking" and that Microsoft was "lackluster" in their response to all of the internal complaints.

It is rare for information like this to make it to the public because companies rarely release their figures regarding internal employee complaints. It is impossible to compare this to any sort of "baseline" internal complaint data.

But what is made clear by this information is that companies like Microsoft don't take complaints seriously. Gender discrimination is a massive issue in the workplace right now, and for nearly all of the complaints related to this issue to go unfounded over a six year period is disgusting.

Source: Reuters, "Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints," Dan Levine, March 12, 2018

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