Uber Will Pay $4.4M to End Sexual Harassment Probe

Female employees could be eligible for payouts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2019 4:48 AM CST
Uber Will Pay $4.4M to End Sexual Harassment Probe
People make their way into the building that houses the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Uber will establish a $4.4 million fund to settle a federal investigation into allegations that the San Francisco company allowed a rampant culture of sexual harassment, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. The agreement ends an investigation launched in 2017 in which the commission found reasonable cause to believe the ride-hailing tech company "permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation against individuals who complained about such harassment," the AP reports. A claims administrator will send notices to women who worked at Uber between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2019. The commission will determine which claimants may be eligible for money from the $4.4 million fund.

The company has also agreed to create a system to identify serial offenders and managers who fail to respond to concerns about sexual harassment in a timely manner. The commission initiated the investigation after a former Uber engineer wrote a widely circulated blog post exposing sexual harassment at the company, including propositions from her boss. Susan Fowler said her complaints to human resources were ignored. The company fired 20 people, including some managers, after an investigation by former US Attorney General Eric Holder's law firm. (Uber says more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during US Uber rides last year.)

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