Microsoft extends the program for women returning to work seeking to rejoin the workforce, following a rash of complaints about sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the world’s largest software company. Such “returnship” programs, aimed at workers who had paused their careers to raise children or care for loved ones, are gaining popularity in Silicon Valley as technology companies seek to address criticism about its bias toward young male staff.
Microsoft extends the program for women returning to work because Women make up 26% of Microsoft’s worldwide employees, and 19% of its leadership, according to the company’s September 2017 diversity figures. “Not only do we want to empower women’s come back but also tap into non-traditional talent pools,” said Microsoft Human Resources Manager Belen Welch in a May 31 LinkedIn post promoting the program.
The policy of Microsoft extends the program for women returning to work is part of Microsoft’s LEAP diversity initiative, aimed at hiring women and minorities from unconventional backgrounds, such as self-taught coders and graduates of so-called coding boot camps. The camps typically consist of about 40 applicants who sign six- to eight-month contracts with the likelihood of full-time offers upon completion.
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Microsoft received 238 internal complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010 to 2016, according to court filings made public in March. It was sued in a Seattle federal court in 2015 for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women. The company has denied these claims through introducing the policy of Microsoft extends the program for women returning to work.
Among US adults aged 25 to 54 who are not in the workforce, 36% are female caregivers, according to The Hamilton Project, an economic research group. “It’s a missing workforce,” said Tami Forman, executive director of Path Forward, a New York organization that has helped more than 40 companies launch returnship programs since 2016. These include Apple Inc, PayPal Holdings Inc and Intuit Inc.