Microsoft - Discrimination at the Workplace
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About Racial/Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
Racial and gender discrimination may be described as any verbal or physical act which is intended to cause or could reasonably be expected to cause individuals or groups to feel intimidated, demeaned, or abused because of their racial, ethnic, gender or national background.
The Charges Against Microsoft
Instances of gender/racial discrimination and sexual harassment were common
in Microsoft since the 1980s. The company was even said to be the 'most
disdainful place for women to work' during the 1980s. In its initial years,
Microsoft had only a few hundred employees, most of them male. The only
women employed in Microsoft were those who edited technical manuals. The
work culture in the company was by and large undisciplined. According to
analysts, all the manners, attributes and traits that were not acceptable in
conventional society were highly prevalent in the company.
Exhibit I: Microsoft's Failure in Preventing/ Remedying Discrimination
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