Uber has taken the spotlight lately, but unfortunately for the famous company things are not looking really well. Actually, Uber was accused by a former employee of having a culture that allows sexual harassment and discrimination against women. The former employee, Susan Fowler, published a very in-depth blog post presenting the whole story.
She claimed that she was hired by Uber in November 2015 and after a couple of weeks of training she joined her new team. Susan said in her blog post that she was immediately approached by her direct supervisor, who sent her a series of messages over the company’s chat trying to get her to have sex with him. The worker immediately reported the misconduct to the human resources department. Susan said that although she expected the company to handle the situation, she was actually told by both HR and upper management that it was his first offence and he was a high performer, so the company was not comfortable to punish him.
Fowler said she was offered the option to change teams, which she finally accepted although she wanted to remain on her initial role with the company. She said that after a few months she started hearing a lot of stories from other female employees, some even about the same manager’s inappropriate behavior.
“It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being ‘his first offense’, and it certainly wasn’t his last. Within a few months, he was reported once again for inappropriate behavior, and those who reported him were told it was still his ‘first offense’. The situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done,” she said.
The post continued to say that Susan, along other female employees, scheduled meetings with the human resources department, insisting that they do something about the manager. The manager eventually left the company. Susan also raised concerns on discrimination against women within the organization. She said that despite her reports to HR on discrimination against women and illegal threats to fire her for reporting, the company did nothing.