Microsoft has received “hundreds” of gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaints since 2010, according to a report.
According to Reuters, court filings show that 238 discrimination and sexual harassment complaints were filed between 2010 and 2016.
“The figure was cited by plaintiffs suing Microsoft for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women at the world’s largest software company. Microsoft denies it had any such policy,” they reported. “Plaintiffs’ attorneys are pushing to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could cover more than 8,000 women.”
Despite the fact that 118 gender discrimination complaints were filed by female employees at Microsoft, the company only deemed one of them to be “founded.
Reuters reported that in a statement released by Microsoft on Tuesday, the company defended their “robust system to investigate concerns raised by its employees,” and added that they want employees “to speak up.”
Last year, it was reported that “high-level” Microsoft directors were involved in a sex trafficking sting.
The directors were caught after they were discovered to be sending coded emails to brothels, prompting Microsoft to release a statement.
“Microsoft has a long history of cooperating with law enforcement and other agencies on combating sex trafficking and related topics, and we have employees who volunteer their time and money specifically to combat this issue as well. The personal conduct of a tiny fraction of our 125,000 employees does not in any way represent our culture,” declared the company. “No organization is immune to the unfortunate situation when employees act unethically or illegally. When that happens, we look into the conduct and take appropriate action. Microsoft makes it clear to our employees they have a responsibility to act with integrity and conduct themselves in a legal and ethical manner at all times. If they don’t, they risk losing their jobs.”