Nancy Williams, a 53-year-old employee of Azure team has filed a lawsuit accusing Microsoft of gender, race and age discrimination. She has mentioned in her lawsuit that she was subjected to discrimination and differential treatment, as well as a hostile work environment based on her gender, race (Hispanic) and age. Her complaint is that her work environment is dominated by male engineers, a “substantial percentage of whom were foreign born and of East Indian heritage,” was not supportive of women employees.
The lawsuit alleges Williams’ boss ignored her during meetings, excluded her from important internal communications related to Azure, was dismissive of her suggestions and blamed her for situations that were not her responsibility, while treating his male subordinates favorably.
She also questioned her boss, and her boss’ supervisor — also of East Indian descent — over their awarding of a contract to an Indian company over other companies, the suit says.
In a meeting behind closed doors in her boss’s office in January 2013, her boss “approached Williams, who was seated, and stood over her in very close proximity,” requiring Williams to repeat several times: “You are my manager, I will do as you say,” the lawsuit contends.
Microsoft responded to the lawsuit saying that it “provides an environment where all employees have the opportunity to be successful. We take these claims seriously and will address them with the court.”
Source: Seattle Times