Hundreds of women in Microsoft complain of sexual harassment

REUTERS  Lucas Jackson                       Allison O'Mahoney speaks at a live Microsoft event in the Manhattan borough of New York City U.S

REUTERS Lucas Jackson Allison O'Mahoney speaks at a live Microsoft event in the Manhattan borough of New York City U.S

According to court filings made public Monday and reported by Reuters, women working in US -based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment to the tech giant between 2010 and 2016.

Women at Microsoft working in US-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. The lawsuit that was filed in 2015 gained a lot of prominence across the world following a resignation or firing of powerful men from entertainment, media, and politics over allegation of sexual harassment.

Plaintiffs want the case to be classified as a class-action lawsuit that would include more than 8,000 employees.

The company's human resources practices were highlighted in the documents made public Monday.

The two sides are exchanging documents ahead of trial, which has not been scheduled.

Attorneys for the women called the number of complaints "shocking" in the court filings and the response by Microsoft's investigations team "lackluster".

The company added that the plaintiffs did not give an example of promotion or pay problem in which investigation team of Microsoft found violation of company policy. The blog post by Susan Fowler, former employee at Uber revealed the true face of work culture in the company that denies promotions and advancement in career to female employees.

Microsoft has denied widespread claims of gender discrimination and during the suit has pointed to the $55 million a year it spends towards promoting diversity.

The Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft outlined in a court filling that plaintiffs do not have a right idea about the number of affected employees needed to file a class action lawsuit.

A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. Microsoft has argued that the number of women's Human Resources complaints must be kept under wraps because publicizing the outcomes could dissuade others from reporting any and all future issues.

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