Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Microsoft
Current Parent Company: 
Microsoft
Penalty: 
$97,000,000
Year: 
2000
Date: 
December 12, 2000
Offense Group: 
employment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
wage and hour violation
Secondary Offense: 
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 Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Washington
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
software
Specific Industry of Parent: 
information technology
Link to PACER Case Docket (must be logged in): 
Link to Archived Court Document: 
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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