Microsoft Corp. shareholders called on the software maker to reassess its approach to sexual harassment in a vote Tuesday, following reports that co-founder
At the company’s annual meeting, investors passed a nonbinding resolution seeking a report on the effectiveness of sexual-harassment policies. The proposal, introduced by activist investor Arjuna Capital, was opposed by Microsoft. A separate measure calling on the company to disclose median pay gaps across race and gender didn’t pass.
“We are concerned about Microsoft’s alleged continued culture of workplace sexual harassment and its history of unfulfilled previous commitments to resolve it,”
In response to the vote, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer
Smith also said the company will bring in a third party to do an independent assessment of how well it investigates these kinds of claims. He didn’t address requests for more information about a probe into Gates’s behavior.
Prior to the meeting, Microsoft reached accords with two other shareholder groups, agreeing to a
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