The ride-sharing giant Uber, which has a presence in Los Angeles and other parts of California, is reportedly under scrutiny from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, for its hiring and other practices.
The allegation seems to be that the company is systemically engaging in gender discrimination. However, to be fair, the EEOC has made no comment on its investigation and will not even confirm they are in the process of doing so. The EEOC has not filed any actions against Uber as a result of this investigation.
Still, this is not the first time Uber has landed in hot water because of alleged employment discrimination on the basis of gender. For example, a woman who worked in software engineering for Uber has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming she was discriminated against for both her gender and her race. She also claimed she was not getting equal pay for equal work. There have been other public accusations against the company as well, including one that contributed to the founder of the company having to turn over the helm.
For its part, Uber has pledged to improve its employment practices and has also made changes to its salary structure in the wake of the allegations against it. There have also been significant changes to the executive leadership of the company, with new executives being brought in on a commitment to further reform.
As this blog has discussed previously, firms of all sizes have an obligation to make sure that their policies, practices and culture do not discriminate against others on the basis of gender or on other prohibited grounds. When they do not meet this responsibility, injured employees may be entitled to relief.