International multimedia news provider, Reuters, reported discrimination claims against a high-profile executive at Uber. An anonymous group, employed by Uber, alleged the use of discriminatory language and derogatory comments from a high-level executive at Uber. Uber issued an investigation following the anonymous whistleblower complaint that alleged the executive dismissed racial discrimination allegation claims. These claims apparently led the executive to announce her resignation via email to Uber employees. She stated that she had been thinking about resigning for some time.
The executive left her previous employer, SoftBank, to work at Uber. She also worked at Google in the Human Resources department prior to Uber. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last October, she asserted that Uber was experiencing difficulties finding diverse candidates in the engineering field. Using the Rooney Rule proved to be difficult, she claimed. The Rooney Rule is a hiring approach that requires companies to interview underrepresented minorities for certain jobs.
CEO Praises Executive
The CEO of Uber praised the executive as a valuable member of his leadership team and highlighted several of her accomplishments:
- She released the first diversity report for Uber
- She hired a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- She contributed to ensuring equal pay for all employees based on location, role, and tenure at Uber
While increasing female engineers at Uber was difficult, the executive stated the company was making progress. She added women, diversity, and inclusion experts to interview panels when hiring engineers and utilized recruiters to increase diversity in the workplace.
Allegations and Resignations
In addition to racial discrimination, Uber dealt with gender and sexual harassment allegations. Such allegations led to the resignation of another high-profile executive after only a year. The head of the finance department and an attorney also resigned last year from the company. Uber has been reported to have a frenzied year of scandals. Many claim that Uber has been struggling with these issues for some time, and that the company has plenty of room for improvement. The CEO states that he has been making efforts to turn Uber’s image around, but with the current allegations and constant resignations of employees, it poses as a greater challenge.
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