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Microsoft: On Karma and Protecting the Innocent

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

Publishing today in response to Microsoft’s CEO Nadella’s perspective of the super hero powers of women like me who don’t ask for raises.

Bad Karma Coming Out of the Closet

I treated this situation as confidentially as I could, to the extent possible, as asked, for as long as I possibly could. I think I did pretty well, no?

Photo credit @DotBen “SpunkyGidget at Mix ’06

It ticked me off. I actually didn’t report the harassment, and didn’t allege. The allegations came from a male co-worker who was raised in the U.K. who saw his sexual innuendo in writing and reported it…

I say this and am ashamed. The thing is, I don’t want every guy I enjoyed working with at Microsoft to think of me and then think “HR”. And I’m writing this how many years later??? So guys, if you see this—reach out me and send me a virtual hug via email or Facebook or Twitter, hubby doesn’t mind your supporting me! 🙂




TO: Angela Baxley

FROM: Mary Dawson, HR Manager, ER Investigations Team

RE: Investigation of Complaint – Angela Baxley/[The Brit]

DATE: September 12, 2008

This memo serves to provide you with a summary of findings related to the allegations you raised against [The Brit].

Specifically, you made the following allegations:

  1. You alleged [The Brit] made unwelcome comments and jokes that were sexual in nature and/or contained sexual innuendo.
  2. You alleged that after you complained, you were “flagged” in the system as “not hirable” and as a result did not obtain another position at Microsoft.
  3. You alleged that your performance and reviews declined as a result of the “environment” created by The Brit’s comments and jokes.

Upon speaking with you and learning if your concerns, Microsoft took steps to initiate an investigation into your allegations at the direction and request of an attorney in LCA, which included the following: [The Brit] and other parities determined to potentially have information relevant to the allegations raised; reviewing pertinent documents/data; and reviewing the incidents you identified in support of your allegations. Based in the investigation, the findings are as follows:

  1. The evidence supports a finding that [The Brit] made comments and jokes to you that were sexual in nature and/or that contained sexual innuendo on one or more occasions.
  2. The evidence does not support a finding that after you complained about [The Brit] you were “flagged” in the system as “not hirable” or prevented from interviewing or being considered for other positions at Microsoft.
  3. The evidence does not support a finding that that your performance and reviews declined as a result of comments and jokes [The Brit] made to you.

Based on these findings, management is taking the appropriate actions.

Please note that Microsoft prohibits retaliation against individuals who have complained in good faith to management about conduct they believe is unlawful or in violation of company policy. If you come to believe that you have experienced retaliation as a a result of raising this complaint, you should immediately report your concerns to me.

Finally, Microsoft treats employee relations situations confidentially to the extent possible, and we ask that you do the same.


5 thoughts on “Microsoft: On Karma and Protecting the Innocent

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