Uber Technologies Inc., which has become a giant in the ridesharing industry, has been placed under the spotlight again, this time for gender discrimination. According to Reuters, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is “seeking information related to hiring practices, pay disparity, and other matters as they relate to gender.” Investigators working for the EEOC began their investigation quietly back in August 2017 and have yet to announce their findings.
Reuters reported that investigators have been “interviewing former and current Uber employees as well as seeking documents from its executives.” Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Uber has been accused of gender discrimination. In fact, the company, which was once run by CEO Travis Kalanick, received a significant amount of backlash for how the company was run in the past. However, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi has “promised to change the culture of the ride-hailing company after taking over it.” And despite the current claims being made, a spokesperson for Uber said, “We have proactively made a lot of changes in the last 18 months, including implementing a new salary and equity structure based on the market, overhauling our performance review process, publishing diversity reports and providing training to thousands of employees.”
Unfortunately, because the company has a history of discrimination complaints among many other types, the EEOC is almost forced to conduct an investigation to either confirm or deny the gender discrimination allegations. But, after Uber Chief People officer Liane Hornsey resigned following an investigation that was initiated “into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the company,” it doesn’t exactly paint a good image of how the company operates.
In fact, back in 2017, former software engineer Susan Fowler even went as far as suing the company over several claims including sexual harassment [Source: Time]. Fowler posted a blog post that went viral highlighting the mistreatment she had to endure, which then prompted the company to conduct an investigation of its own that resulted in 20 people being firing and Kalanick resigning.
While Uber has struggled to build its reputation back up over the last year and a half, an “EEOC spokesman said complaints made to the commission are strictly confidential and it is prohibited from even confirming or denying the existence of such a charge.” Therefore, while it isn’t quite clear whether gender discrimination is actually occurring within the company, you can expect that with so many news sources covering the story that more information will be released at a later date.
The truth is, gender discrimination or any other type of discrimination still exists in various workplaces even though it is prohibited. And any company that is found guilty of engaging in this unlawful type of behavior risks being sued or even fined. But, it isn’t always easy to prove that an employer or even a company is guilty of
If you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, it is best you meet with a Northampton employment law lawyer to discuss your legal rights.
discrimination. That is why anyone who believes they have been subjected to this type of behavior should enlist the help of a Northampton, PA employment law attorney who can help gather all the evidence they will need. The employment and labor law attorneys at Dinsmore Stark in Northampton are some of the most experienced lawyers in the field and understand how to maneuver through the legal system when dealing with cases like these.
Therefore, if you are a victim of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or any other misconduct that occurred at your place of employment, contact Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law today so that you can receive the assistance you are in need of.
 
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