Uber settles Commissioner’s sexual harassment charge for $4.4M
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Uber settles Commissioner’s sexual harassment charge for $4.4M

By WK Editorial Staff

Uber will also create a system for identifying employees who have been the subject of more than one harassment complaint and identifying managers who fail to respond to sexual harassment concerns in a timely manner.

On December 18, the EEOC released an announcement that Uber Technologies, Inc., has entered into a nationwide agreement to strengthen its business culture against sexual harassment and retaliation. Under the agreement, the rideshare giant will also establish a class fund of $4.4 million to compensate anyone whom the EEOC determines has experienced sexual harassment and/or related retaliation after January 1, 2014.

Commissioner’s charge resolved. The settlement resolves a 2017 EEOC Commissioner's Charge of sex discrimination, ending an extensive investigation in which the EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that Uber permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation against individuals who complained about the harassment, in violation Title VII, the federal agency explained. Uber voluntarily entered into the pre-litigation agreement obtained through the federal agency’s conciliation process.

Other terms of the deal. In addition to the settlement fund, Uber will create a system for identifying employees who have been the subject of more than one harassment complaint and for identifying managers who fail to respond to sexual harassment concerns in a timely manner. The company will also update its policies with input from a third-party consultant; it will continue conducting climate surveys and exit interviews with specific attention to workplace sexual harassment and retaliation; and it will be monitored for three years by former EEOC Commissioner Fred Alvarez.

"This agreement holds Uber accountable, and, going forward, positions the company to innovate and transform the tech industry by modeling effective measures against sexual harassment and retaliation," said EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, co-chair of the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, who also initiated the Commissioner’s charge after widespread publicity in 2017 concerning the treatment of female employees at Uber.

Said Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West: "We’ve worked hard to ensure that all employees can thrive at Uber by putting fairness and accountability at the heart of who we are and what we do. I am extremely pleased that we were able to work jointly with the EEOC in continuing to strengthen these efforts."

Claims administration. The EEOC noted that a claims administrator will be sending notices to all female employees who worked at Uber at any time between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2019. Potential claimants will be able to submit a response to a questionnaire that will allow the EEOC to determine whether they may be eligible for monetary relief.

Companies: Uber Technologies, Inc.

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