A United State Federal Judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft backed by three employees of the company. The three women accuse Microsoft of systematically discriminating against its female employees.
The three women – Dana Piermarini, Holly Muenchow, and Katherine Moussouris – will however still be able to continue with the lawsuit, but not as representatives of the broader women group who have allegedly been discriminated by Microsoft regarding equal pay and respectful treatment at the workplace.
In their class certification motion, which was unsealed in March, the three women had apparently brought out evidence show how the corporate culture at Microsoft was systematically hostile to the female employees. The class-action lawsuit was supported by declarations from a number of other women who still work at Microsoft.
According to the evidence laid out, women were less paid compared to their male counterparts by a statistically significant margin. Their evidence gave out a controlled data on employees’ age, tenure with Microsoft, and scores on their performance appraisal among other considerations. In a nutshell, the plaintiffs accused Microsoft of underpaying its female staff by between $100 million and $238 …read more