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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Oct 23, 2014

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has stated that women need to ask for a raise – he believes that they should simply trust the system. Critics are already taking issue with Nadella’s statements, citing that the technology industry, where Microsoft’s business resides, is overwhelmingly composed of males.

The issue came up earlier in October when Nadella visited an event for women in the tech industry held within Phoenix. At one point during the event, Nadella was asked to give advice concerning how women can ask for a raise if they’re uncomfortable with the question.

Nadella replied, “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Nadella added that not asking for a raise was considered “good karma”, something that would help an employer see that the employee could be trusted and thus should be given more responsibilities.

His interviewer, Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a Microsoft director, tends to disagree – eliciting cheers from a largely female audience. She countered that women should certainly do the legwork regarding salary information and first practice asking with the people that they trust.

Many of Nadella’s detractors voiced their disdain over social network Twitter. Nadella responded on his personal account, “Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of bias.”

Nadella’s comments further underscore a disconcerting trend among the tech industry, so prevalent in Silicon Valley. The shortage of women among leading tech companies suggests it is an environment otherwise unwilling to show women a way inside, let alone provide a welcoming environment.

The latest reports indicate that 29 percent of Microsoft’s employees are women, according to the most relevant diversity data.