Microsoft faces another racial discrimination claim

Lawyers
acting for seven current and former employees of Microsoft have filed a $5bn
class action racial discrimination claim against the American software giant.

The
lawsuit announced at a press conference yesterday alleged that the past and
present Microsoft employees suffered racial bias in company evaluations,
compensation, promotion and retaliation.

It
was the fourth major anti-discrimination legal challenge to Microsoft in the
last three months.

Willie
Gary, senior partner at the Florida firm of lawyers representing the
plaintiffs, said that in 1999 only 2.6 per cent of Microsoft’s 21,400 employees
were black, as were only 1.6 per cent of the company’s 5,200 managers.

Black
Americans make up approximately 13 per cent of the US population.

Microsoft
spokesman Dean Katz said the company was wholly committed to ethnic diversity.

By
Ben Willmott

 

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