New Lawsuit: Another Bump in the Road for Uber

New Lawsuit: Another Bump in the Road for Uber

As alarming harassment and assault allegations by women continue to mount across numerous industries, three female, Latina engineers for Uber Technologies Inc. have filed their own lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging unequal pay. This follows earlier suits this summer from two of three employees, who alleged disparaging and discriminatory statements.

Corporate Counsel/ reports that Ingrid Avendaño, Roxana del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina have claimed that because of Uber’s “policies, patterns, and practices,” they and fellow female engineers, as well as engineers of color, were paid less than their counterparts who were male and/or white or Asian American.

The three female, Latina employees claim that rather than use a valid performance measurement system, the company uses a “stack ranking system,” in which supervisors rank employees from worst to best.

The system also sets “arbitrary cutoffs among performers with similar performance.” The lawsuit alleges that this system puts women and people of color at a disadvantage when their performance is being evaluated.

One of the additional complaints filed earlier by Avendaño and del Toro Lopez alleges that male technical employees’ comments included “the only reason she was successful at the company was because she is ‘hot.’” Male employees allegedly also “rank[ed]” female employees’ attractiveness and physical appearance, including del Toro Lopez’s.

Corporate Counsel/ cites a report in June by The Information, in which the tech website states that the legally embattled ride-sharing company had changed its pay policies. Despite that, an Uber spokesperson acknowledged that there was still work to be done by adjusting the company’s philosophy and increasing its transparency.

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