On September 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order accepting Plaintiffs’ petition for a discretionary appeal of the District Court’s June 25, 2018 order denying class certification in the Microsoft gender discrimination lawsuit, Moussouris v. Microsoft Corporation, brought by female current and former Microsoft professionals. Plaintiffs seek to represent a class of female current and former employees in Microsoft’s Engineering and I/T Operations professions in the U.S. at stock levels 59 through 67. Plaintiffs allege that Microsoft has engaged in systemic and pervasive gender discrimination with respect to pay and promotions. [Read more…]
As the #metoo movement gains ground amidst what seems like weekly if not daily announcements of new offenses and improper conduct by high-ranked officials and executives at companies across the country, Fortune begins a canvass of the field and the rampant challenges workers face in attempting to hold companies accountable for discrimination, toxic cultures, and individual manager and co-worker offenses by focusing on the issues facing one noteworthy tech giant: “Microsoft has a woman problem….” [Read more…]
In the midst of squaring off against more than 8,600 former and current female employees in a class action lawsuit based on claims of systemic and pervasive discrimination, Microsoft Corp. admits in its filed response to the lawsuit that the company is “keenly aware of gender imbalance in the tech industry.” However, the company goes on to argue that a lawsuit – where the company could face a verdict assigning it significant liability for its actions – is not the right arena in which to address the problem. [Read more…]
With co-counsel, Lieff Cabraser represents three female current and former tech professionals suing Microsoft Corp. for gender discrimination who are seeking class action status for their suit to bring in an additional 8,630 female Microsoft workers who have been employed by the company since 2012. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has denied Microsoft’s bid to dismiss certain discrimination claims in the lawsuit brought against the tech giant by a group of former and current female technical employees at the company. The employees have accused Microsoft of discriminating against female workers via its “stack ranking” employee evaluation process, which they argue has a disparate and negative impact on women. Last month, Judge Robart criticized Microsoft for not following court orders, in his view improperly prolonging the case because of inaction by the tech company’s legal team. [Read more…]
On March 8, 2016, Judge James L. Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied Microsoft’s motion to dismiss the gender discrimination employment lawsuit against the company, brought brought by a former female Microsoft technical professional on behalf of herself and all current and former female technical professionals employed by Microsoft in the U.S. since July 18, 2010. The court ruled that discovery shall proceed based on Plaintiffs’ current class definition, which includes all current and former female technical professionals employed by Microsoft in the U.S. since the July 18, 2010 date. [Read more…]
National Class Action Lawsuit in Federal Court Charges Violations of Federal and Local Civil Rights Laws
Seattle, Washington (September 16, 2015) – Attorneys Adam T. Klein of Outten & Golden LLP and Kelly M. Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Washington alleges that Microsoft has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees.