One day, all of the women (there were, I believe, six of us left in the org) received an email saying that no leather jackets were being ordered for the women because there were not enough women in the organization to justify placing an order. I replied and said that I was sure Uber SRE could find room in their budget to buy leather jackets for the, what, six women if it could afford to buy them for over a hundred and twenty men. The director replied back, saying that if we women really wanted equality, then we should realize we were getting equality by not getting the leather jackets. He said that because there were so many men in the org, they had gotten a significant discount on the men's jackets but not on the women's jackets, and it wouldn't be equal or fair, he argued, to give the women leather jackets that cost a little more than the men's jackets. We were told that if we wanted leather jackets, we women needed to find jackets that were the same price as the bulk-order price of the men's jackets.


    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.

posted by veen: 694 days ago