The company joined 28 other new signers to the Equal Pay Pledge, a White House initiative. Amazon and Expedia had been among the initial signers.
Microsoft has joined a growing list of big U.S. companies jumping onto a White House initiative to close the gap between salaries paid to men and women.
The company was among 29 new signers of the Equal Pay Pledge announced on Friday, which commits companies to conduct annual analyses of pay by gender and occupation and review hiring and promotion practices. Seattle’s Amazon.com and Bellevue-based Expedia were among the initial signers when the program was announced in June.
The pledges come amid scrutiny of the technology industry’s hiring and employment practices, which have produced a workforce that is disproportionately white and male, particularly in engineering and leadership roles.
Microsoft is currently the target of both a class-action lawsuit and a Labor Department investigation, both of which allege gender discrimination.
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The lawsuit, filed last year, alleges Microsoft’s pay and promotion practices discriminated against women in technical roles. Microsoft has denied wrongdoing.
As part of that case, it was revealed earlier this month that a Labor Department investigation had found preliminary evidence of gender-based discrimination at the company. An attorney for the women in the class-action suit said the probe was related to “systemic gender discrimination,” though it is unclear which Microsoft unit or practices were targeted by the review from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
In a statement, Microsoft said the OFCCP’s findings were preliminary, and that Microsoft disagreed with their conclusions.