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Microsoft Launches Probe Into Bill Gates Allegations

Microsoft has employed a third-firm law firm to investigate claims of historical workplace sexual harassment against founder Bill Gates.

“Our culture remains our number one priority and the entire Board appreciates the critical importance of a safe and inclusive environment for all Microsoft employees,” Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement.

“We’re committed not just to reviewing the report but learning from the assessment so we can continue to improve the experiences of our employees.”

The report referred to by Nadella results from a 2019 board investigation into claims that Gates engaged in a sexual relationship with a female staffer.

The probe, which will be undertaken by law firm Arent Fox, comes after shareholders called for an “independent and transparent” review of its sexual harassment policies, to “avoid legal and reputational risk and maintain shareholder value.”

Arent Fox firm “has not previously been involved in representing Microsoft in employment matters, nor has it done a significant amount of work for the company in the past”, according to Microsoft.