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Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Nov 20, 2018 / Media Coverage
In recent weeks, at least five big tech companies have revised their policies for handling sexual-harassment complaints, saying they will no longer force employees to submit those claims to arbitration, a process that tends to favor employers. But many of the new policies come with hitches: They may apply only to claims of harassment and assault, and not claims of discrimination, retribution, and hostile work environment that often accompany harassment. And the policies typically don’t apply to past cases of harassment. The case of Loretta Lee, a former Google engineer who filed a lawsuit...
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Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Harassment, Pay Discrimination Suit

Aug 22, 2018 / Media Coverage
What does it cost a company to allegedly discriminate against engineers on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender? About $11,000 for each of 500 plaintiffs (over $5 million total) who are members of a 2017 class-action suit against Uber alleging pay discrimination and harassment against women and people of color. The details of the settlement were filed in court Tuesday, according to Bloomberg News . Of that larger group, 56 specifically filed claims alleging sexual harassment or a hostile work environment, and will receive part of a separate $1.9 million payout, an average of $34,000 each...
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Uber’s Class Action Settlement Can’t Fix Its Killer Self-Driving Car Woes

Mar 28, 2018 / Media Coverage
Uber is in damage control mode yet again. The company has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit for $10 million. Female software engineers Ingrid Avendano, Ana Medina and Roxana Del Toro Lopez filed the suit last year on behalf of 420 female and minority employees who claimed they had been underpaid. The trio alleged that Uber’s compensation and promotion structure favored men and white or Asian employees. They were reportedly inspired to file the lawsuit by fellow engineer Susan Fowler’s blockbuster blog post about sexism, sexual harassment and illegal workplace retaliation at Uber. As...
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Uber Agrees to Pay Software Engineers $10M for Job Bias

Mar 28, 2018 / Media Coverage
Uber Technologies tentatively agreed to pay $10 million and change its compensation and promotion practices to settle claims that it discriminated against approximately 420 software engineers nationwide based on their sex, race, and/or national origin. The March 26 preliminary settlement would bring an end to two California cases—one in federal court, the other in state court—that accused the ride-hailing giant of hiring female software engineers and engineers of color at lower job levels than their credentials warranted and paying them less than their white and Asian counterparts for the...
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Uber Settles Race & Gender Bias Suit for $10 Million

Mar 27, 2018 / Media Coverage
Ride-hail giant Uber has agreed to pay $10 million and roll out a series of workplace reforms to settle claims it systematically underpays female and racial minority software engineers. Former software engineer Roxana del Toro Lopez sued Uber in October 2017, claiming the company’s “stack ranking” system allowed supervisors to rank employees from best to worst with no valid or reliable performance measures. “In this system, female employees are systematically undervalued compared to their male peers because female employees receive, on average, lower rankings despite equal or better...
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Uber has agreed to settle a class action discrimination suit for $10 million

Mar 27, 2018 / Media Coverage
Three female software engineers filed a lawsuit against the company, saying Uber’s compensation practices were discriminatory. Uber is trying to tie up its legal woes one by one under the tutelage of its new executive team led by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. The company has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed last year by three female software engineers for $10 million. The lawsuit represented a class of 420 engineers who identified as women or people of color and claimed that the company’s payment system was discriminatory. The suit, filed in October 2017 — just months after Susan...
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Uber To Settle Gender And Race Unequal Pay Suit For $10M

Mar 27, 2018 / Media Coverage
Uber Technologies Inc . agreed Monday to pay $10 million and make changes to its systems for evaluating workers to end a proposed class action in California federal court brought by female software engineers and engineers of color who claim they haven’t been paid equally by the ride-hailing company. The settlement, if approved, would provide about $23,800 to each of the estimated 420 engineers who were allegedly negatively impacted by a performance evaluation system in which supervisors rank their workers. Additionally, Uber would work with an outside consultant to develop a new system for...
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Uber agrees to pay $10 million in class action discrimination suit

Mar 27, 2018 / Media Coverage
Uber has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class action discrimination suit brought against it by 420 female and minority software engineers who alleged that men and white or Asian employees were favored at the company. The suit, filed in October, involves claims going back to 2013. Uber has been under increasing pressure for both its workplace culture and history of playing fast and loose with regulatory rules. Former CEO Travis Kalanick was forced out last year and new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took over last August in response. The discrimination suit was filed by three Latina software...
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Uber's Employee Ratings Put Women at a Disadvantage, Suit Says

Nov 8, 2017 / Media Coverage
At Uber, discrimination was baked into the system, a new suit alleges, pointing to systemic bias against women in the ride-sharing company’s performance evaluations. To assess and promote -- or fire -- workers, Uber Technologies Inc. used a practice known as stack ranking, a zero-sum evaluation that pits employees against one another. According to the lawsuit, filed in October by a former engineer at the company, Roxana Del Toro Lopez, stack rankings unfairly and disproportionately hurt women. Microsoft Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have faced similar legal challenges; both firms and,...
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