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Former employee sues Microsoft for gender discrimination

California computer enthusiasts may be interested to learn that on Sept. 16, it was reported that Microsoft was sued by a former employee who claimed that company discriminated against female employees. The woman, who left the company in 2014, filed the lawsuit in Seattle.

The former employee stated that she worked for Microsoft's security bounty programs beginning in 2007. She claimed that the company used an evaluation system that favored male employees over women workers. As a result, female technical employees were less likely to be promoted than their male counterparts, their performance was often ranked below that of the men and they were systematically paid less.

In 2014, the company's CEO stated that female employees should not have to ask for raises and should rely on the company to pay them for what their work is worth. However, this sparked a backlash, and the CEO later apologized and announced that training on providing an inclusive workplace would be expanded. Microsoft is not the only technology company that is facing gender discrimination issues. Both Facebook and Twitter are defendants in lawsuits that were filed against them earlier this year.

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against someone based on their age, race or gender. Those who are members of classes that are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and who believe that they have been a victim of workplace discrimination may want to speak with an employment law attorney to learn what their rights are. After a review of the facts of a particular case, the attorney might recomment initiating proceedings through the filing of a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the applicable state agency.

Source: USA Today, "Microsoft sued for gender discrimination", Jessica Guynn, Sept. 16, 2015

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