the REAL problem is that hideous 'peer review' system
The REAL problem here is that hideous 'peer review' system, only something that an IDIOT could have rectally extrapolated from the bowels of hell.
Other than the obvious, that a handful of idiots who use their personal bias in reviewing others are skewing the results enough to make a difference [assuming those hired in management positions are LESS likely to do so AND are in a position of ACCOUNTABILITY if they DO], with no one to blame for the (alleged) bias and result-skewing, the system ITSELF is to blame.
It's kind of like relying on up/down votes to validate your point, rather than FACTS or LOGIC. Too easy for a handful of HOWLER MONKEYS to come along and sling poo (aka downvote en masse) a particular group or opinion, thereby creating an *APPEARANCE* of unpopularity, in an attempt to shame or discredit a perfectly valid opinion or position.
So I'll blame the SYSTEM, that IDIOTIC 'peer review' system that Micro-shaft has been using, a result of the former COO who was CANNED a while back...
It's a fair bet that THIS guy was responsible for a NUMBER of *FAILS* at Micro-shaft over the last decade or so since he's been around, *INCLUDING* GWX!!!
And so, by creating a (literal) *HOSTILE* environment within the company, they got what they asked for: A lawsuit by a couple of women who may *ACTUALLY* have a legit case, due to the HOSTILE 'peer review' system that somehow "downvoted" them OUT of promotions and raises!