As per reports, Microsoft (MSFT) shareholders have urged the software maker to reassess its approach to sexual harassment in a vote at the company’s annual meeting, following reports that co-founder Bill Gates behaved inappropriately toward female employees years ago. The proposal, introduced by activist investor Arjuna Capital, was opposed by Microsoft. A separate measure asking the company to disclose median pay gaps across race and gender didn’t pass.
Investors passed a nonbinding resolution, at the annual meeting seeking a report on the effectiveness of sexual-harassment policies. In response to the vote, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith informed that the company will take new steps to provide more information about sexual-harassment investigations to shareholders. In the most recent fiscal year, ended June 30, Microsoft had 51 complaints and 47% were substantiated. The numbers are smaller than the year earlier, probably because people were working from home, informed Smith. He further informed that the company will bring in a third party to do an independent assessment of how well it investigates these kinds of claims.
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