Uber continues to experience a very difficult year. About five months ago, we highlighted the sexual harassment issues the company was having. This issue came on the heels of some very public legal spats with Google over some self-driving technology. And swirling around it all was then-CEO Travis Kalanick, who has since been removed from his position and is no longer involved with Uber as CEO. He apparently still has his position on the board of directors.
But now Uber is having more legal problems, and this time it is related to workplace discrimination, gender inequality, and a biased approach towards promotions and upward mobility within the company.
Three Latina engineers have filed a lawsuit against Uber after they claim that the company discriminates against women and people of color. Only one of the engineers still works at Uber, and the claims include:
- Unequal pay between women, people of color, and their peers
- Inordinate promotions for males, whites, and Asians when compared to their peers
- A violation of California's Equal Pay Act
Obviously there will be a lot more information that comes out about this story in the coming days, weeks, and months. In the meantime, it is clear that something isn't right behind the walls of Uber. The employees affected by this dysfunction have the same rights as any employee in a seemingly-smoothly running company. No employee should be paid differently due to their gender, race or creed, nor should they be held back from promotions for the same reason.
Source: Bloomberg, "Uber Faces Engineers' Lawsuit Alleging Gender, Race Bias," Joel Rosenblatt, Oct. 25, 2017