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Saturday 24 February 2018

Top Irish female executive fled Microsoft 'debauchery'

John Reynolds

A top female Irish Microsoft executive who is not based in Ireland has become one of several people embroiled in claims that a boozy company-organised party she attended in the US in 2009 got out of hand, with drunken punch-ups and unwanted sexual advances.

At the party in question, held in Atlanta by the software giant -- which has an €11bn turnover in Ireland and employs 1,900 people here -- the executive was allegedly followed into a ladies' toilet, and then pestered by a senior director and a senior manager to the extent where she became upset, feared matters might get out of hand and left the party with two colleagues for her own safety.

"Drunkenness and outrageous behaviour [at the party] were rife. The alcohol made freely available in unlimited quantities included neat vodka which could be drunk from an ice fountain, and a very strong German liquor called Jagermeister," according to claims by a former executive whose court case is one of two which have exposed the debauchery.

Another executive who was present allegedly admitted to being "so p*ssed he couldn't remember a thing".

Microsoft's reputation has taken something of a dent in recent months. Simon Negus, Microsoft's second in command in the UK, was sacked by the company amid claims of sexual harassment.

He is now suing the software giant for close to €12m in a wrongful dismissal case.

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