Wednesday, February 22, 2017

By Ignoring Diversity, Uber Gave Itself a Self-Inflicted Wound - INC

by Salvador Rodriguez 
Originally published: February 21, 2017

Over the last few years, as almost every major tech company in Silicon Valley has relented to public pressure to reveal the demographic makeup of its workforce, Uber has been a notable holdout.

In the rare cases of companies that have avoided publishing their diversity numbers, it generally means one thing: the numbers are bad. That's been the suspicion with Uber, but now, we have supporting evidence thanks to former Uber engineer turned whistleblower Susan Fowler.

Fowler, who worked at Uber from November 2015 until December 2016, has published a detailed recollection of the many times she encountered sexual harassment, sexism and discrimination while working for the company. The report is full of harrowing anecdotes that describe a workplace where women are preyed upon for sex, are not treated equally and are told by human resource officials to be quiet when reporting issues. According to Fowler -- who is now working at Stripe, another tech company in San Francisco -- she was solicited by one of her male managers, and then, after a transfer to another team, found her career progress stunted by another male manager for his own professional gains.