Microsoft - Discrimination at the Workplace

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Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1997 - 2001
Pub Date : 2001
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Microsoft Corporation
Industry : Information Technology
Countries : USA


The case examines the charges of gender/racial discrimination and sexual harassment against leading IT company Microsoft. It explores in detail the treatment meted out to female employees in the company's initial years and the measures Microsoft took to improve the work culture of the organization.

The case also discusses the lawsuits against Microsoft that allege racial discrimination, and analyzes the implications of such changes for the company.


Factors that contribute to discrimination and harassment, and the impact of such behavior on the company and its employees


  Page No.
Charges of Discrimination 1
Background Note 2
About Racial/Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment 3
The Charges Against Microsoft 4
In Trouble - Again 7
Exhibits 9

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charges, gender, racial, discrimination, sexual harassment, IT, company, Microsoft, treatment, meted, female employees, initial years, Microsoft, improve, work culture, organization, lawsuits

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