The complaints were filed between 2010 and 2016 and only included women in technical jobs working in the U.S., reports Reuters. The number of complaints were made public due to a pending lawsuit alleging Microsoft was systematically denying pay raises and promotions to women. The suit is seeking class-action status and hopes to represent more than 8,000 women. For its part, Microsoft has denied that it’s ever had a policy of denying pay raises and promotions based on gender.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson provided us with the following statement following the publication of the original story above:
“Diversity and inclusion are critically important to Microsoft. We want employees to speak up if they have concerns and we strive to make it easy for them to do so. We take all employee concerns seriously and have a fair and robust system in place to investigate employee concerns and take appropriate action when necessary.”