Uber Facing Gender Discrimination Federal Investigation

Uber is being investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said a source close to the matter. The EEOC investigation is focused on gender discrimination.

The investigation by the EEOC into Uber’s wages, hiring practices, amongst other topics that are gender related started during August of 2017, but did not come to light until Monday when a report by the Wall Street Journal said that EEOC investigators were interviewing current and former employees of Uber and asking for internal company documents.

When asked, the EECO said it neither confirmed nor denied any open investigations, Often times, the EEOC’s inquiries, which have also reportedly targeted companies such as Google and Intel, do not necessarily end with formal charges.

Ubers said through a formal statement that several steps were taken to address all gender equity, including implementation of a salary and equity structure that is market-based, overhauling the company’s performance reviews, as well as publishing inclusion and diversity reports.

Thousands of its employees globally were given training in leadership and diversity, added the statement. Nevertheless, the EEOC investigation is another example of the challenges facing CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as he attempts to change a work culture described by many as toxic.

In August of 2017, Khosrowshahi, formerly the Expedia CEO, took the helm at the ride-hailing company following a period of extreme turmoil within the company.

Uber’s former CEO and its founder Travis Kalanick was forced out in June of 2017. His problems began when Susan Fowler a former engineer at the company wrote about experiencing harassment and sexism at Uber. The blog post she made was published in February of 2017 and forced Uber to open an investigation into the company work culture.

A week ago, Liane Hornsey, the head of human resources for Uber abruptly resigned following a company internal investigation into how she handled racial discrimination claims inside the company. Within days of that it was reported that COO Barney Harford, whom was hired by Khosrowshahi this past December reportedly made comments of an insensitive nature to women as well as minorities.

A former Uber software engineer is suing the company. Ingrid Avendano has claimed that she suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and pay inequity. She left prior to the arrival of Khosrowshahi as CEO.

In August of 2017, Uber said adjustments were made to salaries in order to ensure all its employees, regardless of race or gender, are paid on an equal basis based upon job, location, and tenure.

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