Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Ann B. Shaver, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

The Register reports that over 8,000 female Microsoft employees have appealed a judge’s decision to deny class certification in a gender lawsuit against the tech giant in which female employees and ex-employees allege pay discrimination and claim that top management at Microsoft knew there was a problem but failed to fix it. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit to Hear Plaintiffs’ Appeal re Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Gender Pay Discrimination: Lieff Cabraser Employment Lawyer Anne Shaver Talks to Glamour Magazine

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…]

Labor and Civil Rights Groups Urge Appellate Court to Revive Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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…]

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

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…]

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

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…]

U.S. Department of Labor Found Evidence of Microsoft Gender Bias

U.S. Department of Labor Found Evidence of Microsoft Gender Bias

As reported by the Seattle Times, investigators at the U.S. Labor Department alerted Microsoft in mid-2016 that they “had found preliminary evidence of gender-based discrimination at the company,” a revelation that was made in documents filed in the current lawsuit Lieff Cabraser and Outten & Golden against the company for systemic gender discrimination relating to pay and promotions. [Read more…]

District Court Denies Dismissal in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

District Court Denies Dismissal in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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…]