Microsoft pledges annual harassment report after audit sparked by complaints and Bill Gates allegations

  • November 16, 2022

Microsoft is promising a suite of adjustments to its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies following the conclusion of a third party investigation. ArentFox Schiff LLP—a law firm—was contracted by Microsoft to review the company’s policies regarding harassment and discrimination after a shareholder vote in November last year, triggered in part by the allegations against (and subsequent investigation of) Bill Gates (opens in new tab) in 2019.

In response to ArentFox Schiff’s findings (opens in new tab) and recommendations, Microsoft is promising to beef up its anti-harassment policies (opens in new tab) and procedures by June 30, 2023 (with some new policies getting deadlines much earlier than that). Several of the pledges are the kind of technical stuff you’d expect—tweaking language in documents, making employees more aware of their rights—but Microsoft is committing to a few more concrete and sweeping changes, too.