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Uber Issues Statement Following Sexism Allegations

The company says it’s “deeply hurting” after reading reports of sexual harassment.

Uber has been in a lot of hot water following a testimonial from a former employee who describes an atmosphere of systematic sexual harassment and that the company has ignored her complaints. The reaction from the public has been strong, and many users are now choosing to delete their accounts in protest. As a response to this, Uber has been trying to reassure those users, by displaying a message that states that the company is “deeply hurting” by the recent report.

The statement describes how the claims detail behavior that is “abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for”. The statement went on to say that the company “believes in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do,” and that they’re working towards “creating change in the coming months and years.”

The statement sent to users deleting their Uber accounts

The statement also mentions a recently announced an “urgent investigation” and “independent review” of Uber’s workspace and office culture. However, the review is being led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder (who has previously advocated for Uber) and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, who is an Uber board member. This must call into question whether there is a serious conflict of interest with such a review.

This is not the first time this year that Uber has lost a lot of users. An estimated 200,000 users deleted their accounts following the #DeleteUber campaign following Uber’s decision to break a taxi strike at JFK’s airport following President Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban.

source: The Verge

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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