Former female Microsoft employee sues company for “gender bias”

Katie Moussouris, a Microsoft employee for seven years, is taking Microsoft to court over gender bias. Moussouris, who left Microsoft in 2014 and is currently the chief policy officer for HackerOne (a company that helps other companies find bugs in their technology), cites a lack of fairness and equality in her lawsuit.

According to her, female technical Microsoft employees like her earned less money compared to similarly qualified men before of gender bias. She further argues that Microsoft promoted men over equally qualified women. In fact, she alleges that female employees were given lower performance reviews compared to male employees.

“What happened to me is not unique,” says Katie, in a report first spotted by Fortune. “This case will illuminate the broad patterns of decision-making against women. Fundamentally, this is about fairness and equality.”

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Katie Moussouris

Microsoft, on the other hand, isn’t too worried about the lawsuit.

“We’re committed to a diverse workforce, and to a workplace where all employees have the chance to succeed. We’ve previously reviewed the plaintiff’s allegations about her specific experience and did not find anything to substantiate those claims, and we will carefully review this new complaint.”

Details of the lawsuit, such as the amount of monetary damages the plaintiff is seeking, was not immediately disclosed.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has been in the limelight regarding gender equality. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made remarks last year suggesting women in technology should not ask for raises, rather, they should trust that the system would reward them.

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