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Did Microsoft regularly discriminate against its female technical employees when it came to pay and promotions?
Yes, according to a report commissioned by plaintiffs in a gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft. Conducted by Princeton economics professor Henry Farber, the report examined thousands of Microsoft employees' pay and promotions over a four-year period. It revealed that female workers in low- to mid-level jobs "received lower compensation on average than otherwise similar men," and that mid-level female technical workers were not promoted with the same frequency as their male colleagues.
A second report by Michigan State professor Ann Marie Ryan found that "Microsoft's guidelines for advancement are not clear. When companies don't make their promotion guidelines clear, it allows for decisions to be made more subjectively, which is often detrimental to women's advancement prospects," BuzzFeed News reported.
A Microsoft spokesman told the website it "strongly disagreed with the contentions in the case because data and other information is mischaracterized. We are defending the case in court."(BuzzFeed News)
Accusations of Tech Discrimination Rampant
Other tech companies accused of gender discrimination recently include Oracle, Uber, Twitter, Qualcomm Inc., and Google.
Recently, a California state judge dismissed the class-action claims against the search engine. Google denied that it paid its female employees less than men.
Google Wins Initial Round of Litigation
A San Francisco Superior Court judge said the suit was inappropriate because it was brought on behalf of all women who worked for Google in California. The plaintiffs have 30 days to file a new lawsuit on behalf of just those women who sued alleging pay discrimination.An attorney for three of the women who launched the lawsuit in September said he plans to file a new one next month.Three former female workers who were employed at Google as a software engineer, a business systems manager and a sales specialist filed the lawsuit. They claimed Google had violated California's Equal Pay Act, Unfair Business Practices Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act as well as the Fair Pay Act, which includes race and ethnicity.(SHRM)
Increasing Diversity Better for the Bottom Line
Adobe Reaches Pay Equity
Adobe Systems Inc. announced that it has reached its goal of achieving equal pay between male and female employees in the United States.Next up: India. "Women are now making $1.00 for every $1 earned by male employees in the U.S., up from 99 cents a year ago," the software giant said in a statement.
In 2016, Adobe reviewed its pay practices and discovered its U.S. female employees were earning a penny less than their male colleagues. The software maker also said there was no wage gap between white and non-white U.S. employees. It promised last year it would reach pay parity among its employees by the end of this fiscal year.
The company said it is prepared to achieve pay equity in India in early 2018. The company has more employees in India than anywhere outside the U.S. Eighty percent of Adobe's workforce are in India and the U.S.(Fortune)
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