Black employees take Microsoft to court

On the heels of a major settlement involving Coca-Cola, another high-profile American firm is charged with racial discrimination.
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

Six former employees and one current employee of Microsoft Corporation are taking the firm to court, alleging racial discrimination.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, told a news conference that Microsoft discriminated against black employees in evaluations, compensation, promotions and terminations. He backed up his allegation by saying that in 1999 just 2.6 per cent of the company’s employees were black, and just 1.6 per cent of its managers were black.

A spokesperson for the company has denied the charges, saying that Microsoft has a zero-tolerance policy towards workplace discrimination, and is committed to diversity.