The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched a federal investigation on the ride-hailing service Uber. The probe started back in August last year when Dara Khosrowshahi was selected to replace Travis Kalanick as the CEO of the company. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the company came into the spotlight when former Uber engineer Susan Fowler posted a detailed account of sexual harassment and sexism at the company back in February 2017. The report pointed out that investigators are in the process of interviewing former and current employees working with the company while going through the internal company documents to check how gender was treated at the company.
The investigation team is also looking at what salary decisions and hiring practices were conducted by the company including “other matters.” This comes at the same time when five criminal investigations are currently underway in the business practices followed by Uber. The company issued a statement to The Verge pointing out that it is “continually improving as a company” along with “a lot of changes in the last 18 months.” Some of the changes include the implementation of new equity and salary structure that is based on the market along with an overhaul of the performance review process.
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The report pointed out that current CEO Dara was not responsible for this issues and he simply inherited these problems from the old administration. This report comes days after the heard of HR at Uber, Liane Hornsey left the company after accusations of racial discrimination.
It is unclear if this investigation will lead to any formal action within the company or as a legal action in the form of a lawsuit. But, this makes it quite clear about how serious and deep-rooted the issues are at the company. It comes days after a report surfaced stating that a number of executives and department heads have received complaints against Barney Harford, the current COO of the company.