Microsoft employees have been sharing stories of sexual harassment and discrimination in an internal email chain that exceeds 90 pages, as first reported by Quartz . Many say they had filed initial complaints with HR, but no action was taken. Now that the email chain has taken off, senior human resources employees say they will investigate it.
As of March 20, an employee sent a query to other Microsoft women about how to approach the glass ceiling and stories about Demeaning behavior and sexist comments spilled. "This thread has torn the scab from a festering wound. The collective anger and frustration are palpable. Now a large audience is listening. And you know what? I agree with that, "one employee wrote in an e-mail response to the network, as seen in Quartz.
Another Microsoft employee said she had complained to RH about an employee of a company She said that she had worked in engineering teams on Windows, Azure and Xbox, and that other colleagues had called her a whore, and said that other women on Xbox shared that they had also been subjected to such degrading language.
Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft's chief human resources officer, responded to the dozens of emails on March 29 to say that she would investigate the women's claims, she wrote: "I would like to offer to anyone who has had such degrading experiences, including those that they considered that the management or human resources department rejected him to send me an email directly. I will personally analyze the situation with my team. "
Microsoft verified Hogan's response to The Verge and provided more details, Hogan went on to say that Microsoft would hold sessions in the week of April 22 to hear comments "I also read and agree with the comments that for us to solve this as a company, the burden does not reside only with us, women."
"We are Dismayed and sad to hear about these experiences. It is very painful to hear these stories and know that anyone is facing this type of behavior at Microsoft. We must do better, "continued Hogan. "While reading some of this is very discouraging, I feel proud and encouraged to see people with the power to speak, to say that this is not right and to be united by the change."
Last year, unsealed court filings revealed that Microsoft's women had filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination and / or sexual harassment in 2010 and 2016. Of 118 complaints of gender discrimination, Microsoft only considered one of these complaints as "founded."
Microsoft has been fighting a class action lawsuit filed by three employees in 2015 alleging that the company discriminates against female engineers in In the same lawsuit, a Microsoft employee said he had been raped by a co-worker when they were both interns at Microsoft After an abandoned investigation, Microsoft hired the alleged rapist and the woman, saying they would not have to work together. "This turned out not to be true, he said, as it was placed in the same team as the man after a reorganization.