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Microsoft Must Face Disparate-Impact Claims In Bias Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 14, 2016, 10:48 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Friday denied Microsoft’s bid to toss disparate-impact gender discrimination claims brought by technical employees, saying the proposed class made plausible assertions that the tech giant’s performance evaluation system negatively affected a disproportionate number of female employees.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said the claims brought by former technical worker Katherine Moussouris and two current employees in an action accusing Microsoft of discriminating against female employees adequately alleged that the company’s so-called stack ranking employee evaluation process disparately impacts female tech employees. The workers claim the performance review system allows for predominantly male supervisors to make...

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Washington Western

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Civil Rights: Jobs


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September 16, 2015

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