Women in Microsoft filed 238 internal discrimination complaints between 2010 and 2016

The lawsuit filed in Seattle federal court in 2015 is attracting wider attention after a series of powerful men have left or been fired from their jobs in entertainment the media and politics for sexual misconduct

According to court filings that were recently released, the complaints were made between 2010 and 2016.

The world's largest software company has been wrapped up in a lawsuit alleging it was systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women in US-based technical jobs, according to the court filings.

Microsoft's stock closed at $94.41 per share on Tuesday. 238 cases of gender discrimination or sexual harassment have been filed against the tech giant by female employees.

Microsoft denies it had any such policy in place, but the plaintiff's attorneys are seeking to proceed the case as a class action lawsuit that would cover more 8,000 women out of Microsoft's total United States workforce of 74,000 employees.

Microsoft has said that corrective action might be taken even if no policy violation was found, and that the person who filed the complaint might not be informed.

Female employees argued that Microsoft "systemically" denied pay raises and promotions, the lawsuit filed in Seattle in 2015.

Lawyers for Microsoft and the plaintiffs have been throwing legal barbs at each other in the case for more than two years, in the form of studies into the company's review and investigative practices and in testimony from experts in the fields of human resources, gender studies and workplaces.

Attorneys for the women called the number of complaints "shocking" in the court filings and the response by Microsoft's investigations team "lackluster".

In particular, the lawsuit says that only one of the 118 gender discrimination complaints was considered "founded" by the investigations team, known as ERIT.

The firm's attorneys also argued that the plaintiffs could not find practices that affected enough employees for a class action suit, and pointed out that it had spent $55 million annually to provide inclusionary causes.

The company had about 74,000 United States employees at the end of a year ago. U.S. District Judge James Robart has not ruled on whether to allow the class action motion, and a trial date hasn't been set.

A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. Google also faces a similar complaint from women who taught employees' children at the company's childcare centre.

"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along", Nadella said. One of the initial "super powers" that, quite frankly, women [who] don't ask for a raise have. "Because that's good karma".

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