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Microsoft defends its record after court docs disclose data on harassment complaints

Microsoft defends its record after court docs disclose data on harassment complaints

After court paperwork recommended Microsoft had a very low price of taking motion in sexual harassment or gender discrimination instances over the previous few years, the corporate revealed an inner memo to workers citing particular numbers from its final fiscal 12 months late Thursday and proclaiming its dedication to “ensuring each voice is heard.”

Microsoft recorded 83 sexual harassment complaints from its 65,000 U.S. workers throughout its final fiscal 12 months, which ended final June. It discovered that these complaints had been “supported partially or in full” in 50 p.c of the instances, wrote Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s executive vice president of human resources and chief people officer. In additional than half of these conditions, the topic of the criticism was terminated.

In the case of gender discrimination complaints, which the corporate outlined as considerations about “whether or not work assignments are equitable, considerations about being excluded from conferences or coaching alternatives, in addition to considerations about compensation, rewards or promotions based mostly on gender,” Microsoft discovered the complaints “supported half or in full” solely 10 p.c of the time. The corporate took unspecified “acceptable motion” in these instances, Hogan wrote.

The disclosure comes after Reuters reported earlier this week on court paperwork offered as a part of a gender discrimination lawsuit in opposition to Microsoft that claimed female employees reported 238 complaints about sexual harassment or gender discrimination between 2010 and 2016. Throughout that interval, Microsoft discovered just one gender discrimination criticism out of 118 lodged to be based, according to the Reuters report.

Hogan didn’t instantly deal with the 2010 to 2016 numbers in her submit, selecting as an alternative to focus on its 2017 fiscal 12 months. Nonetheless, she stated that the 2017 numbers “paint a broadly consultant image of prior years too, particularly while you regulate for issues like the rise within the variety of workers on the firm. Stories that we hardly ever attain a conclusion in favor of the complainant are based mostly on a defective studying of a partial data set.”

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