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Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: Microsoft
Current Parent CompanyMicrosoft
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Penalty: $97,000,000
Year: 2001
Date: March 21, 2001
Offense Group: employment-related offenses
Primary Offense: wage and hour violation
Violation Description: misclassification
Level of Government: federal
Action Type: private litigation
Court: Western District of Washington
Civil or Criminal Case: civil
Case ID: C93-178C and C98-1646C
Case Name: Vizcaino v. Microsoft Corp. and Hughes v. Microsoft Corp.
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: settlement
HQ Country of Current Parent: USA
HQ State of Current Parent: Washington
Ownership Structure of Current Parent: publicly traded
Major Industry of Current Parent: information technology
Specific Industry of Current Parent: software
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Notes: These cases, which were originally filed in the early 1990s and had a long history in the courts before reaching settlement, involved challenges to Microsoft's classification of workers as temps, freelancers, independent contractors and employees of staffing firms in order to deny them benefits and overtime protection. The workers involved were often described as permatemps.
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