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Microsoft Almost Never Sides With Female Employees Alleging Bias

  • One ‘founded’ complaint cited in more than 100 investigations
  • Unsealed court documents reveal details of in-house inquiries
Inside The Microsoft Corp. Campus As Company Builds A Quantum Computer
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Microsoft Corp.’s investigators concluded that fewer than 1 percent of gender-discrimination complaints made internally were “founded," according to data unsealed in an ongoing class-action lawsuit.

The disclosure covers almost 120 complaints made from 2010 to 2016 by U.S. female employees working in technical roles and shows the company only sided with one accuser. Employees also lodged 108 complaints of sexual harassment, eight complaints of retaliation, and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination.