In a memo titled "Making sure every voice is heard," Microsoft informed employees about steps it's taken regarding sexual harassment complaints. The company said it fired about 20 people over the course of one year after receiving 83 sexual harassment claims in the U.S. from July 2016 through June 2017.The release of the new details comes after court documents from a 2015 lawsuit were unsealed earlier this week. Legal filings claimed out of 118 gender discrimination complaints received between 2010 and 2016, Microsoft deemed one as "founded."In the wake of the #MeToo movement, some tech giants have responded to growing criticism about gender discrimination. Last year, Microsoft eliminated forced arbitration agreements, allowing employees alleging sexual harassment to take their cases to court.Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
Microsoft Reveals Details About Sexual Harassment Firings
Microsoft released new details about action it's taken against sexual harassment.
World's 1st biometric 'smart gun' aims to lower shootings and suicides
The gun unlocks only for an authorized user by incorporating built-in fingerprint and facial-recognition sensors — just like a smartphone.
Criminal charges dropped against PG&E over fatal California wildfire
The utility company has instead reached a $50 million settlement with Shasta County prosecutors over the fire that killed four people.
Meta threatens to block news content in California if bill passes
The bill would require tech giants like Facebook and Instagram to pay news outlets whose stories appear on their platforms.
Florida woman's car catches fire with kids inside while she shoplifts
The 24-year-old mom shoplifted for about an hour, then dropped the stolen items when she saw her car engulfed in flames upon exiting the store.
Tennessee federal judge rules 'drag ban' is unconstitutional
The ruling was determined based on the First Amendment and freedom of speech.
Kroger paid employee bonuses in March, asked for money back in April
"It feels like a slap in the face," said a Kroger employee.