The tech giant recently released to the public a 50-page report drafted by outside lawyers. This report outlines the company’s efforts and shortcomings in addressing and investigating gender-based discrimination and harassment complaints. The published report led to significant press coverage for the company. Two things stand out about the company’s approach here.
First, after receiving criticism from employees who filed complaints and from the press, the company aggressively engaged independent outside counsel to review the effectiveness of its harassment and discrimination practices and the company’s response to these issues. We conducted a thorough investigation into how the response was performing compared to before. Industry best practices.
Second, while an independent audit of key employment policies and practices, including those related to workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination, is always a good idea, public The release of this classified report marks new frontiers for public companies of this size. Many employers may consider such transparency to be inherently dangerous, and such disclosures, among other issues, are very important to protect employee privacy. But by making its vetting process more transparent, the company is now positioned to be an industry leader in addressing sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, and gets a lot of kudos for that. I am receiving
As customers, customers, boards, government agencies and the public demand that companies become more transparent and take more action to combat discrimination and harassment in the workplace, should consider how to approach these important workplace issues intentionally and creatively.
[Microsoft] It said it would update its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policy after a third-party report showed problems with how the company handled complaints. The report comes a year after he approved a proposal by Microsoft’s shareholders to ask the board to publish a review of his workplace sexual harassment policy. At Microsoft, allegations of harassment and discrimination have led to internal discussions that have made their way into the public eye.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Microsoft added language to its policy against harassment and discrimination, stepped up executive training, reassessed the conditions for material violations of the policy, as suggested in the report, and made a negative decision. said it would consider ways to address serious career concerns. Impact on Complainants. Microsoft said it provides annual data on harassment reports, the rate of substantiated allegations, and the company’s response.