In a recent investigation, the tech-giant is accused of “verbal mistreatment and sexual misconduct” by numerous high-ranking employees. A detailed investigation found that Microsoft’s executive department allowed sexual bullying and misbehavior, with little or no consequences for senior executives. Microsoft’s “precious lads” were discussed in depth by an Industry expert (via Windows Central).
HoloLens mixed reality headset creator and leader of Microsoft’s metaverse division, Alex Kipman, was heavily involved in monitoring for accidents that occurred as earlier as 2016 using the HoloLens mixed reality headset.
As an example of the HoloLens, Kipman used an adjacent display to reflect the headgear’s image while wearing the headset. Young ladies participated in a pillow fight whilst naked in “VR porn,” according to Kipman’s description of the content. Several workers left the area as a result of the exhibit, which was clearly unpopular with them. After she became noticeably embarrassed and sought to shake him off, Kipman proceeded to stroke her neck, according to a worker’s account.
HR and supervisors resorted to tremendous measures to minimize introducing women into direct interaction with Kipman, who was charged with promoting “an environment that undermines women’s achievements.” Microsoft HR appointed Kipman “chaperones” throughout conferences to keep him in check when things got out of control.
The Allegations Were Backed Up
Approximately 25 workers testified to Kipman’s actions in an administrative investigation that took place last year, however, no discipline was done. Tom Keane, as well as Terry Myerson, also made the cut in the survey. Longtime Widows CEO Myerson resigned sans justification a couple of years back. Backstage at a Microsoft conference, Myerson went into a rage and loudly lambasted everyone and everything around him says one worker.
A lot of the blame for Satya Nadella’s leaving the company may be attributed to this. Keane, on the other hand, was referred to as “King Tom” by colleagues because of his ruthless management approach, which included making an employee weep at a community hearing. However, after an inexplicable 30-day absence, the former was moved from his post at Azure at Microsoft.
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When the company stated that company will be releasing a statement on sexual misconduct and gender prejudice, neither of these occurrences were included. A third-party inspector’s suggestions will also be included in the document, which will contain information on a handful of harassing instances and their outcomes. Microsoft is under increasing criticism as it nears the completion of its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a corporation also beset by allegations of workplace misconduct, gender inequality, and maltreatment.
There is presently much litigation against Activision Blizzard, the biggest of which is brought by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (DFEH). As a result of Raven Software’s effective unionization effort, the latter was previously convicted of harassing workers who spoke out about their working arrangements.