Microsoft this month is expected to begin paying $72 million to nearly 8,600 former contract workers who were part of a 1992 class-action lawsuit claiming they were denied benefits.
The workers, “permatemps” who were hired during Microsoft’s early growth spurt, won a $97 million settlement in 2001 after a court found they were improperly restricted from the company stock-purchase plan. The ruling forced Microsoft to change its temporary-worker policies and limit contract lengths.
There have been years of delays and procedural haggling since the verdict…
A case study of why most companies are now very careful in their policies regarding temps.