Lawsuit Alleges That Microsoft Discriminated Against Women, Seeks Class Action Status

Lawsuit Alleges That Microsoft Discriminated Against Women, Seeks Class Action Status
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Microsoft Corporation has just been hit with a lawsuit, which alleges that the tech giant has actually been practicing gender discrimination in the work place when it comes to pay and promotions.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, is also seeking to get class action status.


According to Reuters, the lawsuit was filed by former Microsoft technician, Katherine Moussouris. She alleges that she had been passed over by the tech company when it came to promotions as supervisors claimed that they did not like her “manner or style.” Moreover, the said promotions were awarded to men who were less qualified for the job instead. This means that Microsoft may be in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

According to her LinkedIn page, Katherine “Katie” Moussouris started working for Microsoft in April 2007 where she was hired as a security strategist. After a year and five months, Moussouris was then promoted to the role of senior security strategist. And a little over two years, she was appointed Microsoft’s senior security strategist lead. This was just the last job she had ever taken for Microsoft, leaving to become the chief policy officer at HackerOne after being a lead for three years and nine months.

Moussouris is represented by Outten & Golden LLP in New York. One of her attorneys, Adam Klein, had told Reuters, “Microsoft systematically undervalues the efforts and achievements of its female technical employees.” They are now seeking class action status that may seek damages worth over $5 million.

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Outen & Golden LLP was also one of the law firms who represented women working as financial advisors for Smith Barney during a gender discrimination class action lawsuit against the said company. The women were awarded a settlement worth over $33 million in 2008.