Recently, Uber has received many allegations including sexual assault, wage theft, and spying on competitors. Following a lengthy internal investigation into over 200 sexual assault and other workplace misconduct claims, Uber has fired 20 employees who were allegedly involved in illegal discriminatory activities. 40 additional employees were ordered to take additional counseling and training. This case sheds more light onto a tech startup industry that has developed a reputation for catering more towards male talent than female. Uber is now conducting a company-wide culture reform to remedy the issue.
When Does a Male-Dominated Environment Become Illegal?
- Inappropriate requests: When male bosses ask female employees to do more work than males, or ask for sexual favors in return for promotions or the promise of keeping their jobs.
- Women withheld from top positions: If you notice that women do not get promoted at your company, or lesser qualified men are getting those positions, this can be illegal.
- Inconsistent treatment/discipline: When males are let off the hook for abrasive behavior or lewd comments, and women are punished for committing the similar behavior.