Microsoft has been defending a sex discrimination case since 2015, according tomedia reports. The case alleges that Microsoft’s internal policies and practices systematically violated the rights of female technology employees and led to unfettered sexism in its corporate culture. The case was brought by three former Microsoft employees, Catherine Moussouris, Holly Muenchow and Dana Piermarini, and the initial ruling was in Microsoft’s favor.
The lawsuit later found that 238 reports of gender discrimination were filed between 2010 and 2016, and the plaintiffs subsequently filed a class-action lawsuit involving more than 8,600 women from Microsoft offices across the United States.
The U.S. District Court in Washington, however, rejected the request, noting that the proposed potential class members had not been proven to be a victim of a company-wide standard policy and were therefore insufficient to constitute a class action.
Since then, the case has been referred to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling and gave Microsoft a “Christmas present” in advance. The court ruled that the plaintiff could not prove a unified Microsoft policy or action that adversely affected female employees.
Microsoft, for its part, has always denied a culture of sexism and says it provides an environment in which all employees have a chance to succeed.