Microsoft advised Bill Gates to stop emailing female employees in 2008 when Microsoft told him to do so

Microsoft advised Bill Gates to stop emailing female employees in 2008 when Microsoft told him to do ...

Microsoft executives told co-founder Bill Gates to stop sending "inappropriate" emails to a female employee in 2008, the business confirmed via email following 'a Wall Street Journal report Monday. Gates left Microsoft's board in 2020 as the company investigated a separate, more recent relationship the billionaire allegedly had with an employee, according to The Journal.

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates announced in May that they're going through a divorce.

According to The Journal, then-general counsel Brad Smith (now Microsoft's president) and then human resources boss Lisa Brummel (who've since retired) met with Gates in 2008 about an email exchange between him and a female employee from the previous year. Gates allegedly suggested meeting the employee outside of work.

A company spokesman told the Journal that the emails weren't "overtly sexual," but they were considered inappropriate. Gates reportedly agreed to end sending such emails, and the employee never complained.

A Gates spokesman denied the claims, dismissing them in a statement sent to CNET as "false, recycled rumours from sources who have no direct knowledge, and in some cases have significant conflicts of interest."

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