‘Is that legal?’ Microsoft touts that white employees are paid less than minorities

In the name of “pay equity,” Microsoft has brazenly admitted it is guilty of discrimination, openly bragging that it pays white employees less than it pays blacks, Hispanics and “Latinx, and Asians.

White men are specifically targeted, earning less than even white women who “have the same job title and level and considering tenure.”

The shocking admissions were made in Microsoft’s “2023 Global Diversity & Inclusion Report” and brought to light on X by the popular Libs of TikTok account.

According to the report:

As of September 2023, inside the US, all racial and ethnic minority groups who are rewards eligible combined earn $1.007 total pay for every $1.000 earned by US rewards-eligible white employees with the same job title and level and considering tenure.

Specifically, for those who are rewards eligible, US Black and African American employees earn $1.004; Hispanic and Latinx employees earn $1.004; and Asian employees earn $1.012 for every $1.000 earned by US rewards-eligible white employees with the same job title and level and considering tenure.

As of September 2023, inside the US, women who are rewards eligible earn $1.007 total pay for every $1.000 earned by rewards-eligible employees who are men and have the same job title and level and considering tenure.

As of September 2023, outside the US, women who are rewards eligible earn $1.003 total pay for every $1.000 earned by men who are rewards eligible with the same job title and level and considering tenure in these combined geographies

“Is that legal?” asked Elon Musk.

No, actually.

It flies in the face of both the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which “prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions,” and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”

It also ignores the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 which prohibits “discrimination on the basis of genetic information.”

All of these laws are meant to be enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) according to its website, and “prohibit employers from paying employees differently based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (40 or older), or genetic information.”

“All forms of pay are covered by these laws, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, vacation and holiday pay, insurance, use of company vehicles, and benefits,” according to the EEOC.

“White Microsoft employees should start to sue for discrimination against them,” stated one user on X.

It was a suggestion that echoed across the social media platform.

“Please if you are white and work for Microsoft sue the hell out of [Microsoft] for discrimination practices,” urged one user.

“There needs to be a class action suit,” said another. “Microsoft is racist and they do see color. Are they stupid?”

“To the cleaners,” demanded a third.


Predicted one user: “Microsoft just made a bunch of plaintiffs’ lawyers very happy.”

Melissa Fine

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