Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Uber has agreed to a settlement amounting to $10 million in a class-action lawsuit that claimed that the company discriminated against women and minorities who worked for the ride-hailing company. The said lawsuit was filed last October and represents approximately 420 women and people of colour who worked at Uber as software engineers way back in 2013. Additionally, it was reported by the Chronicle that the firm has also agreed to change the way on how it manages promotion and compensation. The lawsuit says that black, Latino/Latina, and female employees were not offered with bonuses, raises, benefits, and stocks at the same rate as their coworkers who are male, white or Asian.
The company has had a recurring problem with harassment and discrimination. Last year, Susan Fowler, a former employee of Uber, described her experience with harassment at the firm in a blog post and Uber later fired over 20 employees for harassment after an internal investigation. Earlier in 2018, Uber hired the first chief diversity officer of the company — a move that was proposed by those who are conducting an investigation into the culture of the company.
In a statement, Uber said: “This settlement involves claims dating back to July 2013 and, while we are continually improving as a company, we have proactively made a lot of changes since then.
“In the past year alone we have implemented a new salary and equity structure based on the market overhauled our performance review process, published our first Diversity & Inclusion report and created and delivered diversity and leadership trainings to thousands of employees globally.”