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microsoftlogo1-1024x680A longtime Microsoft employee has sued the company, alleging that she was subjected to race, gender and age discrimination in her role as a software test manager in the Microsoft Azure cloud computing division.

The suit by employee Nancy Williams was first reported by the Seattle Times. It alleges that Williams’ manager gave preferential treatment to male colleagues while dismissing Williams’ suggestions, excluding her from internal suggestions, and blaming her for situations that weren’t her responsibility.

The suit, filed in King County Superior Court, alleges that Williams’ supervisor stood over her and made her repeat the words, “You are my manager, I will do as you say.”

Williams, 53, is Hispanic. The suit says that the Azure unit includes a large number of male engineers of East Indian descent, including Williams’ former boss and his supervisor. At one point, the suit says, Williams questioned them over their awarding of a contract to an Indian company.

In a statement, the company says, “Microsoft provides an environment where all employees have the opportunity to be successful. We take these claims seriously and will address them with the Court.”

In addition to financial damages, Williams is asking for an audit of Microsoft’s HR practices, and training for Azure employees on issues including discrimination and retaliation.


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