According to a new report from the NY Times, Microsoft founder sent “flirtatious” and “inappropriate” emails while at Microsoft.
Gates was warned by executives in 2008 about the inappropriate emails he had sent to a female employee, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
Gates, who was the company’s chair asked an employee out on a date.
Frank Shaw, a Microsoft spokesperson said “These emails proposed meeting outside of work and off campus. While flirtatious, they were not overtly sexual but were deemed to be inappropriate.”
According to the NY Times “After they discovered the messages, executives warned Gates that his behavior was inappropriate and notified a small group of board members about the incident, Shaw said. Gates told the board members that he agreed that what he had done was inappropriate, and the board took no further action.
Gates left the company shortly thereafter in a long-planned departure, though he remained a member of its board until last year. The executives’ warnings to Gates were reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.”
The report adds that spokesperson for Gates Bridgitt Arnold told the Wall Street Journal “these claims are false, recycled rumors from sources who have no direct knowledge, and in some cases have significant conflicts of interest.”
Arnold did not provide a comment to the NY Times.