Most informed people understand that this is a remarkably stupid time to be alive. The universe can sometimes even surprise the most jaded and cynical among us with fresh evidence that things are actually dumber than they seem. I spent weeks sexually harassing bots like Siri and Alexa—their responses are, frankly, horrific.
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The chain started March 20 when one employee asked other women at the company for advice on how to move up in the organization, after six years in the same position without seeing the possibility of advancement. Another woman said on one project she was only given tasks like booking conference rooms, taking meeting notes, and making dinner reservations despite being in a technical role. Quartz, which independently verified the content of the emails with two Microsoft employees who were included on the chain, is not identifying the employees quoted for the sake of their privacy.
In a letter to the employees obtained by Quartz, Nadella on Monday said the tech giant would create a new "Employee Advocacy Team". The letter came in the wake of an email chain full of sexual harassment claims by women employees. San Francisco: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said the company is making sweeping changes in its HR practices to address complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination at the workplace.
Corporate boards are the institution that the law imbues with ultimate responsibility for company performance. That the Weinstein Company board and others failed so completely to understand what was going on within their firms should give impetus to new thinking about how corporations are governed. In the United States, corporate boards are often homogenous, with long-standing members, few women or people of color, and no worker representation.
Women at Microsoft have been sharing reports of sexual harassment by both fellow coworkers and external partners that were often ignored by managers and human resources alike, according to a report by Quartz. On March 20, an employee emailed other women at the company to ask for advice on moving up the chain after six years without promotion. This brought forward dozens of stories of discrimination and harassment, such as one woman being told to sit on another coworker's lap or a woman in a technical role having her contribution to a project restricted to booking meeting rooms, making dinner reservations, and taking minutes.
Women and their allies are taking bold steps towards achieving gender equality in the workplace. Inyear old Michelle Vinson sued her employer after getting fired from her job as a bank teller. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sided with Vinson, ruling that sexual harassment constitued a form of sex discrimination that violated her civil rights.
Instead, these personal assistant bots are more likely to be evasive or might even respond positively when sexually harassed. Neither Siri nor Alexa of course have a mind of their own. They have been programmed to respond to prompts in one way or another.
After one woman employee emailed several of her colleagues looking for advice on how to move up at Microsoft, an email chain began that resulted in more than 90 pages worth of messages detailing harassment and discrimination cases allegedly ignored by HR. The collective anger and frustration is palpable. A wide audience is now listening. And you know what?