Cab aggregator company, Uber is again in the news for gender discrimination. This time the company is under the scrutiny of the US government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over concerns about gender inequity at the company.
EEOC is investigating the company's hiring practices, wages, among other gender-related topics, began quietly in August 2017. It came to light on Monday when The Wall Street Journal reported that EEOC investigators have been interviewing former and current Uber employees and requesting internal documents.
The EEOC said it does not confirm or deny open investigations. Generally speaking, its inquiries, which also have reportedly have targeted tech companies like Intel and Google, do not necessarily result in formal charges.
In a media statement, Uber has mentioned that the company has taken substantial steps to address issues such as gender equality, and also implemented a market-based salary and equity structure.
Earlier this month, Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned following an investigation into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the ride-hailing firm.
The resignation comes after an investigation into accusations from anonymous whistleblowers that Liane Hornsey and one of the firm's top spokespeople on diversity and discrimination issues had systematically dismissed internal complaints of racial discrimination.
In an earlier interaction with People Matter, Hornsey mentioned that in the last one year the company had changed their performance management system after taking suggestions from their employees.
The company also claimed to revamped the compensation and training development for their employees.