Some people at Microsoft are openly rebelling against Microsoft’s efforts to hire more women, people of color and others who are underrepresented in the tech industry, known for its great pay, perks and rewarding work.
The situation is similar to the one that embroiled Google in controversy, when it fired an engineer who wrote a manifesto, and published it on Google’s internal message boards, arguing that women were biologically less suited to engineering than men.
The debate at Microsoft comes after Quartz published an internal email string where dozens of women discussed how to advance their careers at the company, and claimed experiences of sexism and sexual harassment.
At the same time, a group of women are suing the company, making similar claims and Microsoft has been successfully fighting that suit.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Stephen Lam/Getty Images Microsoft employees took their heated discussion over diversity all the way to the CEO earlier this month, Quartz reports. While such discussions on how women are treated at the company pre-dates that published email string, it has grown rampant this month since that first Quartz story.
One employee blasted the company for encouraging Microsoft managers to hire more women on an internal