Microsoft will review the effectiveness of its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies and practices. The verification is happening in response to a shareholder proposal that passed at its latest annual meeting, the company’s board said on Thursday.
The board said the review will produce a transparency report with results of any sexual harassment investigations in recent years against the company’s directors and senior executives. That includes allegations that a board committee probe beginning in 2019 involved Bill Gates.
It is expected a data on the number of cases investigated and their resolution also to be part of the review along with steps that have been taken to hold employees, including executives, accountable for sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
An outside law firm Arent Fox is hired to assist in the review. At the end of the check up, Arent would make public a version of the report detailing its findings and recommendations.