Former Uber engineer says company ignored repeated reports of harassment

Susan Fowler, a former site dependability engineer for Uber and recent engineer at Stripe, accused the organization of rampant sexual harassment and human assets negligence in a weblog submit published today. 

Fowler promises that on her very first day out of education, she was solicited for sexual intercourse by a remarkable on an inside organization chat thread. She then instantly captured screenshots of the messages and sent them to Uber’s human assets office. In a wholesome group, such a trouble would have been swiftly resolved. But Fowler alleges that the harassment only continued, preventing her from going up inside the organization.

“Upper management instructed me that he ‘was a high performer’ and they would not sense cozy punishing him for what was likely just an harmless blunder on his component,” described Fowler in her submit

At this point, Fowler suggests in her submit that she was offered a option of remaining on the staff and accepting, “a inadequate overall performance review,” or going to a distinct staff.

“I was then instructed that I experienced to make a option: (i) I could possibly go and locate yet another staff and then hardly ever have to interact with this man once more, or (ii) I could remain on the staff, but I would have to fully grasp that he would most most likely give me a inadequate overall performance review when review time came all around, and there was absolutely nothing they could do about that,” further more described Fowler.

However she didn’t want to depart the function she felt she was most effective geared up to fill, she switched teams. Work continued, and while Fowler experienced settled into the new function she regularly had discussions with woman personnel who shared comparable stories about HR negligence, even citing unacceptable experiences with the identical remarkable that solicited her. Alongside with a quantity of her colleagues, Fowler achieved the moment once more with HR to make the point that the experiences of harassment had been epidemic. Fowler then suggests that Uber insisted that the supervisor experienced only been accused of a solitary offense.

Amid chaotic inside politics, Fowler attempted to transfer to a distinct office, but the organization blocked her request. Citing sturdy overall performance, she couldn’t fully grasp why her request experienced been denied.

“I was instructed that ‘performance complications aren’t always a thing that has to do with function, but at times can be about matters exterior of function or your own daily life,’” added Fowler in her submit.

She ultimately resolved to remain in the identical role until her future overall performance review. But the stress continued with a second reassignment rejection and a further more rationalization that her “review experienced been improved following the point,” and that she didn’t display “signs of an upward job trajectory.” As a result, she was shut out of a Stanford personal computer science graduate application sponsored by the organization for high-achievers.

Aside from these promises, Fowler also describes in her submit a culture of pervasive sexism — telling the tale of an employee that refused to get jackets in women’s sizing mainly because they price tag more. No issue how quite a few problems she brought forth, HR insinuated that she was the frequent denominator in all of her problems. Fowler suggests she was threatened and intimidated in an effort  to end her from reporting transgressions to HR.

In response to Fowler’s submit, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised to look into the promises. Kalanick made a point to attract a dichotomy involving the accused conduct and what the CEO believes is main to the company’s culture in the statement to Axios.

“I have just read Susan Fowler’s weblog. What she describes is abhorrent and from every thing Uber stands for and believes in. It is the very first time this has arrive to my awareness so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Methods Officer to carry out an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be unquestionably no position for this sort of conduct at Uber — and anybody who behaves this way or thinks this is Alright will be fired.”

Uber board member and media mogul Arianna Huffington reported in a tweet tonight that she would carry out an ‘independent investigation’ into the issue. Huffington even launched her electronic mail deal with in an effort to make it less difficult for those with facts to arrive forward.

Sexual harassment is rampant in Silicon Valley and the worst component is that most of it goes undocumented. If accurate, Uber’s steps to thwart Fowler’s attempts to report the recurring harassment paint a horrifying image of the company’s inside culture.

We even now really don’t know the quantity of woman engineers at Uber mainly because the organization has not been clear about its using the services of — Jesse Jackson has made it his precedence to adjust this. But even if Kalanick weren’t complicit, Fowler’s practical experience could converse to how Uber values employee overall performance with respect to ethics and decency.

We have achieved out to Uber and CEO Travis Kalanick and will update this submit when we hear back.







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