A coalition of 32 labor and civil rights groups has filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to restore class action status to the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of tech giant Microsoft. The group includes the Impact Fund, the National Employment Law Project, the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. [Read more…]
Docs shed new light on the company’s struggle to deal with reports of harassment and on internal debates over whether women are treated fairly in pay, promotions
The discovery and document review process in Lieff Cabraser’s ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft has led to the release of a trove of internal files providing detailed information on harassment reports within Microsoft, as well as the company’s actions in responding to such reports. Unsettlingly, the data includes an intern’s rape complaints that, despite formal police reports and a “prompt internal investigation,” led to the intern being required to keep working alongside her alleged rapist or lose a coveted position at the company. [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…]
A federal judge has criticized Microsoft’s lawyers in the gender bias class action lawsuit against the tech giant for not following court orders and thus prolonging the case due to their inaction. The lawsuit arises out of claims by three current and former Microsoft employees who accused the technology company of discriminating against women in technical roles with respect to Microsoft’s pay and promotion practices. [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.