Women at Microsoft file 238 complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment

Microsoft / EngDvie
Mar 13, 2018 22 Comments

I’m happy to see this finally getting the attention it deserves.

“Microsoft had argued that the number of womens’ human resources complaints should be secret because publicizing the outcomes could deter employees from reporting future abuses.”



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TOP 22 Comments
  • Microsoft O2
    The real question is how many of these are genuine cases of discrimination? More likely that most of these cases are filed by women whining for not getting what they want and playing the victim card.
    Mar 13, 201816
    • Undisclosed hdanon
      That logic is not at all convincing to me. This is a very serious accusation and you're going to need a bit more than a vague analogy to convince anyone.
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Undisclosed AGrlHsNoNm
      Why would a women risk her job, career and reputation on a false discrimination claim? Honestly, the risk is too great for her to do so. Women have been fired for making truthful claims and it isn't an uncommon occurrence for them to be pressured into silence. It's a hard and scary subject to bring up in the first place if you have been subjected to discrimination. So suggesting that a meaningful amount of these cases are not genuine is just completely ignorant
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Microsoft O2
      Your 'why would a woman' question adds zero evidence or credibility to their claims so it is so irrelevant
      Mar 14, 2018
    • My statement isn't meant to prove the credibility of any specific claim listed above but speaks to the to larger picture using (gasp) logic!

      A person would only lie on this scale if they have a something substantial to gain that is much greater than the substantial risk that comes with the lie. You see many examples of this risk-reward choices being made in varying scales everyday. So especially in a society where those who are discriminated against, by definition, already have a higher chance of not being trusted/believed/valued by higher ups the logic of them lying about it just isn't there.

      Lying about this subject has a greater risk for the person claiming to be discriminated against and provides no greater or equivalent benefit that would be logically worth that risk. Therefore, the amount of people who report discrimination falsely isn't logically a significant number.

      Your comment provides no logical arugement and therefore is irrelevant. Two can play at yout bullshit game, gtfo. 🖖
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Microsoft O2
      Of course they have something substantial to gain. A multi million dollar settlement is what these women are looking for. This would give them an early retirement on a beach just by throwing that 'I am a victim woman terrorized by evil men' claim. Hope they end up paying huge lawyer fees and go bankrupt
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Undisclosed Qqwjxdt
      I'm sorry speaking as a women no one wants to be in this situation, let alone report it and have it be public. Ridiculous that the first thing someone said was it's not true 🙄
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Undisclosed Qqwjxdt
      O2 maybe money is an important factor for you but ask any female for a large percentage their careers and reputations are a lot more important. Why do you think this is coming out now and not the past years?! Most women kept silent and carried on.
      Mar 14, 2018
    • Undisclosed hdanon
      Do you think any of these women have gotten a multi million dollar settlement? Even just one them? That you actually believe something like that is in the realm possibility is laughable. It is not. You have a better chance of being struck by lightening and winning the lottery on the same day. I am not exaggerating.
      Mar 14, 2018
    • This is what you’d say to your daughter/mother/ sister/wife if they were to be harassed? Stop whining? Also look at the number of men liking his comment. How reflective of tech standards!
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Undisclosed Qqwjxdt
      Curiousb and only on blind they wouldn't be able to speak up in the real world 😂
      Mar 18, 2018
  • Undisclosed public
    This number seems low doesn't it?
    Mar 13, 20181
    • Microsoft / Eng20% raise
      it seems extremely low. great job guys. maybe we could even start some layoffs in HR
      Mar 13, 2018
  • Microsoft MGJS75
    What will they do about the high profile offenders? We’re not really sending the message that this behavior is unacceptable until we take more of these claims seriously and until we’re willing to terminate at the SLT levels.
    Mar 16, 20180
  • Microsoft GOD!
    My GF was hugged by a random dirty ass hobo in Seattle which freaked her out. After my GF screamed and started running the man kept laughing and walking her way. The next morning she spotted him again near her building. Inspite of all this, my GF was reluctant to call the cops. She calling the cops here has 0 downside and still she was reluctant cause she thought all the hassle won't be worth it. NOW think of all the women who filed the complaints. The suffering they must have been through would have been large enough to make em actually launch a complaint ,which would lead to a lot of hustle and possible downsides. I truly believe that the complaints number is actually less. But at the same time I also suspect that a SMALL fraction of these complaints might not be legitimate.
    Aug 1, 20180
  • Sapient Razorfish BFSc86
    Bill Gates is about to lose a lot of money and employees.
    Apr 4, 20180

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