Microsoft employees filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to documents recently published in an ongoing court case. Compiled by Reuters, the documents show a series of internal complaints that plaintiffs allege are the result of persistent pay discrimination problems. Microsoft's internal review found that only one of the cases of gender discrimination had merit and was "founded."
Microsoft argues that there is no greater pattern of discrimination, and it is difficult to say how that number compares to competition. (Microsoft employs more than 115,000 people worldwide). The class of plaintiffs has not yet been certified, and it is not yet clear whether the plaintiffs' argument will be favorable to the court.
Even so, that defense has resulted in the disclosure of a series of important internal documents, including organizational tables and general guidance on compensation practices. In December, the same case revealed the report of an internal Microsoft violation by an internal partner, who was subsequently hired by the company.