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kleinbl00  ·  763 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber

    Myself and a few of the women who had reported him in the past decided to all schedule meetings with HR to insist that something be done. In my meeting, the rep I spoke with told me that he had never been reported before, he had only ever committed one offense (in his chats with me), and that none of the other women who they met with had anything bad to say about him, so no further action could or would be taken. It was such a blatant lie that there was really nothing I could do. There was nothing any of us could do. We all gave up on Uber HR and our managers after that. Eventually he "left" the company. I don't know what he did that finally convinced them to fire him.

Or... get together with a half-dozen of the other women, hire a lawyer and start a class-action suit for millions.

Women face retaliation when they file sexual harrassment individually. They get blackballed, they have a hard time finding work again. Ain't right, ain't legal, ain't unusual. But Uber is so hypersensitive to criticism over sexism that this essay is top of the news this morning: USA today, Chicago Trip, Reuters, you name it. I check two top-ten lists every morning: Daily Beast and The Week. Daily Beast has it at 7, The Week has it at 4.

Let's be honest: if you are one of several women who have been harassed at a company, you owe it to other women to come forward.

    When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25% women. By the time I was trying to transfer to another eng organization, this number had dropped down to less than 6%. Women were transferring out of the organization, and those who couldn't transfer were quitting or preparing to quit. There were two major reasons for this: there was the organizational chaos, and there was also the sexism within the organization.

And if you really do "love" working at Uber, you owe it to fucking Uber to come forward.