Tuesday , 13 November 2018

Former software engineer accuses Uber of “degrading conduct” toward women in new lawsuit

A former Uber software program engineer filed a lawsuit in opposition to the corporate at present within the Superior Courtroom of California, accusing it of retaliating in opposition to her for after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination.

The grievance by Ingrid Avendaño, who labored at Uber from 2014 to 2017, alleges that Uber’s office “was permeated with degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory and sexually harassing conduct towards girls.” Avendaño’s account and her declare that “this tradition was perpetuated and condoned by quite a few managers, together with excessive stage firm leaders” is just like the outline of Uber’s inside tradition introduced by Susan Fowler, additionally a former Uber engineer, in her pivotal February 2017 blog post. Fowler’s account led to an inside investigation, a number of firings and, together with different firm scandals, contributed to the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick.

Avendaño’s grievance (“Ingrid Avendaño v. Uber Applied sciences, Inc.,” Case No. CGC-18-566677 within the Superior Courtroom of California, San Francisco County) claims that when she tried to report misconduct, she confronted “blatant retaliation, together with denial of promotions and raises, unwarranted adverse efficiency evaluations and placement on an oppressively demanding on-call schedule that had detrimental results on her well being. She was additionally threatened with termination.” Avendaño finally resigned from Uber, the lawsuit says.

Avendaño is represented by Outten & Golden, a legislation agency that focuses on worker rights. Final October, Avendaño and two different Latina software program engineers have been the named plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Uber for allegedly discriminating in opposition to girls and other people of coloration. However Avendaño later opted out of the collective motion and, in response to Outten & Golden, didn’t take part when Uber agreed to a settlement in March 2018. The lawsuit filed by Avendaño at present is separate from that settlement.

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