Microsoft has hired a law firm to evaluate the company’s practices over concerns about sexual misconduct and discrimination in the workplace. As a result, Microsoft will adjust its sexual harassment policy by the findings of law firm ArentFox Schiff.
Microsoft said they are committed to publishing an annual report on the company’s sexual harassment policy. As well as a sex discrimination report that will indicate the number of incidents reported and the actions are taken as a result. Along with this, the company will also be reviewing its harassment and discrimination policy and how it conducts investigations.
The report cites specific incidents, including allegations about former CEO Bill Gates’ affair with a female employee he said was consensual. Gates left the company’s board of directors in 2020.
Past this high-profile situation, Microsoft received a total of 721 complaints between 2019 and 2021. 453 of these were gender discrimination, 210 were sexual harassment complaints, and 58 were gender harassment complaints.