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Microsoft office in Washington, D.C., metro area. Credit: Mike Scarcella / NLJ

Labor and civil rights groups are pressing a federal appeals court to revive a gender discrimination class action of more than 8,000 current and former Microsoft Corp. female employees, arguing a trial judge’s ruling, left unchecked, will create hurdles for women suing to challenge workplace disparities.

The advocates filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the plaintiffs, who are challenging a Seattle federal judge’s refusal to certify a class of Microsoft engineers and IT operations professionals.

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