Bill Gates was called on the carpet after he 'propositioned' a female employee while still CEO: WSJ
Bill Gates answers questions during an interview (AFP)

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates was admonished against flirting with a female staffer and accused of propositioning one dating back to 2008 when he was still CEO of the tech giant.

The report notes that Microsoft's then-General Counsel Brad Smith and then-Chief People Officer Lisa Brummel were forced to sit down with the executive and tell him his actions were inappropriate and needed to stop immediately.

According to the Journal's Emily Glazer, "Microsoft executives discovered emails between Mr. Gates and a midlevel female employee at the company while Mr. Gates was still an employee at Microsoft and chairman of the board, according to people familiar with the matter. In the messages, the then-married Mr. Gates was flirtatious and propositioned the female employee, the people said."

The report notes that the Microsoft board was notified about the emails that could have resulted in a massive lawsuit, but took no action because there was no physical interactions between Gates and the unnamed employee.

Glazer also reports, "Mr. Gates didn't deny the exchanges, told the executives in hindsight it wasn't a good idea and said that he would stop, the people said," while noting the executive was still married at the time.

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