Microsoft has ordered an investigation into Bill Gates’ harassment allegations


Microsoft has tapped an outside law firm to investigate sexual harassment management in the workplace, including allegations against its founder, Bill Gates, the company said on Thursday.

Said the tech giant Law firm Arent Fox compiles a report detailing the effectiveness of its internal policies on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace. The announcement comes after increasing pressure from shareholders to resolve the situation.

The report includes a summary of any investigations on top Microsoft executives, including its board’s 2019 investigation into claims against Gates. The billionaire is accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female Microsoft employee.

“Our culture remains our top priority and the entire board appreciates the critical importance of a safe and inclusive environment for all Microsoft employees,” Microsoft President and CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement.

“We are committed to not only reviewing the report but also learning from the evaluation so we can continue to improve our employees’ experiences, ”he said.

The company reviews its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies.
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In November, Microsoft’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the decision to call on the company to allow an “independent and transparent” review of its workplace harassment policies. The resolution stated that an independent investigation was necessary “to avoid the risk of law and fame and maintain shareholder value.”

Last May, The Wall Street Journal The Microsoft board has reportedly launched an investigation after an engineer said she had sex with Gates. An individual New York Times The report said Gates asked another employee out on the date as soon as he gave a presentation.

Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board in March 2020 citing his desire to focus on philanthropic efforts.

Bill Gates
Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2020.
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The Board’s 2019 investigation has not been completed since his departure. Microsoft said the decision to step down the gates was not related to the allegations.

Arent Fox releases its report publicly with details on Microsoft’s policies and workplace abuse. The investigation includes a review of the company’s response to a 2019 email thread in which female employees described allegations of workplace harassment and discrimination.

The report contains the number and outcome data of the company’s internal sexual harassment investigations, as well as measures taken by Microsoft to hold employees accountable for the misconduct. Law firm findings are expected this spring.

Microsoft Arefox “has never been involved in representing Microsoft in employment matters or has done significant work for the company in the past.”

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