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Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft Inc.’s internal investigation process resulted in one “founded” case of gender discrimination out of 118 complaints filed over a six-year span, according to documents unsealed Monday in a closely watched case in Seattle federal court.

Lawyers representing current and former female technical employees contend the low return supports arguments alleging Microsoft has a history of “lackluster” responses to investigating complaints. The company, rebutting the claims, reported robust training and millions of dollars spent annually on diversity efforts.

The case against the Redmond, Washington-based tech company claims systemic practices across offices created a disparity for advancement and equal pay for women in engineering and technical roles compared to men. Lawyers for the plaintiffs reported in court documents a toxic boy’s club atmosphere, which include reports of sexual assault and retaliation. The complaint is pending class certification as the plaintiffs say 8,600 female employees could comprise the class.

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