Microsoft Corp. says, while the company is “keenly aware ofgender imbalance in the tech industry,” a federal class actionseeking to advance the discrimination claims of more than 8,600former and current female employees is not the right avenue totackle the issue.

The case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District ofWashington against the Redmond, Washington-based tech companyargues that systemic practices across the company’s office createda disparity for advancement and equal pay for women in engineering and technical rolescompared to men in comparable positions.

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