Uber agrees to pay $10m settlement in gender and race discrimination lawsuit

The ride-hailing company compensates 285 women and 135 men of colour for financial and emotional harm

Allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination surfaced before the appointment of current chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi
Allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination surfaced before the appointment of current chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber has agreed to pay $10m (£7.1m) to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by two women engineers who accused the ride-services company of gender and race discrimination.

The settlement, disclosed in a filing in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, says Uber also agreed to reforms to its system for compensation, reviews and promotions.

According to the filing, the settlement compensates for financial and emotional harm to about 285 women and 135 men of colour.

The settlement arises out of two actions filed in October, one in the San Francisco Superior Court and another in the California district court.

On 24 October, Roxana del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina, who described themselves as Latina software engineers, filed an action in the Superior Court, followed by another three days later in the district court alleging class-wide gender and race discrimination.

The lawsuit said Uber’s employee ranking system was “not based on valid and reliable performance measures” and favoured men and white or Asian employees. As a result they lost out on earnings, promotions and benefits, they added.

The lawsuit followed a widely read blog post in February 2017 from another female engineer that described Uber’s work environment as one that tolerated and fostered sexual harassment.

The settlement includes regular reporting of demographic data to Uber’s workforce and to the court, as well as developing a validated promotion assessment process.

Reuters

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