Mud still sticks to the company.
Uber has agreed to pay $4.4m to settle claims it allowed employees to be sexually harassed and then allowed retaliation against them when they came forward. In a deal struck with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week, the ride broker has agreed to put the money into a fund that will be used by the …
Is there any word on how many claimants for this extremely modest pie? Over a 5 year period at a toxic workplace like that, I'd expect there's a good many.
Settlement's one thing. What about the individual perps? Any reason to think they'll not just move on and harass elsewhere?
Is this another case where settlement is more cover-up than justice?
From the article...
"Uber has agreed to not only pay up the money, but also establish what was described as "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 concerns of sexual harassment in a timely manner."
Traditionally weregild - the most direct antecedent of "blood money" in English culture - could be assessed for serious crimes against a person even if they didn't result in death. Though it was still usually paid to the victim's lord.
Really the difference in this case is that the funds are supposed to be in compensation for lost wages as well as for injury. But the underlying legal principle is the same.
We can do both; there could be a criminal case, or series of them, independently of the settlement with the EEOC. But criminal cases are much more expensive to prosecute and have a higher standard of proof. And evidence of harassment is often difficult to obtain (in part because physical evidence is often scarce), and such cases can be controversial with jurors.
The unfortunate truth is that harassers generally do get away with it. Fines like this are a way to convert some of that bad action from an externality for their employers to a direct cost, which gives employers an incentive to discourage it. At the moment, that's often the best feasible result.
Passengers get harassed AND the "employees"?
What a toxic company. Hope it gets shut down SOON.
A few local firms have borrowed the general idea of Uber - book via app, anywhere! - and they're licensed and stick to their geographic area. But without the moral baggage of giving to an evil company.
Support local businesses - Uber can get fscked
Yeah. I'm not a fan of book-via-app; I only use taxis while traveling, and I don't want to be installing apps from random companies everywhere I go. (I don't really want to install apps, full stop.) But I'd like to be able to book taxis over the web when I need one.