Employees in California have a legal right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace. However, many still have to deal with it. Microsoft has recently been dealing with sexual harassment issues.
What is the situation with Microsoft?
As widespread statements of sexual harassment have been made at Microsoft, the company’s shareholders recently took measures to make a report on the effectiveness of its sexual harassment policies. Previously, a proposal was raised asking the board to take this action. Although the company itself wished for the proposal to be voted against, nearly 78% of the shareholders voted in favor of it.
This decision was made around 18 months after founder Bill Gates stepped down. There was a report made that stated that Gates allegedly tried to initiate a relationship with an employee over 20 years ago.
Shareholders are seeking to ensure that sexual harassment is brought to light within the company. They want better transparency into the policies adopted by Microsoft on how to best deal with allegations of sexual harassment and combating instances in the workplace.
How did Microsoft respond?
Microsoft claimed that it had a firm sexual harassment policy in place and dealt with reports of harassment from employees. It confirmed that the proposal was approved by shareholders and that it already shares information on sexual harassment each year.
President and Vice-Chair Brad Smith stated that the company takes sexual harassment seriously and that it deems tackling that issue extremely important. He said that the company would enlist the services of a third party to perform an assessment of the company’s work toward investigating reports of sexual harassment. Smith further stated that after that report is made, Microsoft would listen and institute any necessary changes to combat the problem.
Sexual harassment is no laughing matter. If it has happened to you at work, you have the right to file a complaint with your employer.