While the focus of each company is different, one thing is true across all companies, the work environment is to be free from harassment and discrimination. Sexual harassment in the California workplace is not acceptable and does not provide the right environment for employees to thrive. It’s also illegal. A recent new story shares the consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace at Uber, a major transportation company, resulted in firings and restructuring of leadership within the company.
Uber has been under fire for some time after a viral blog post penned by a female former employee exposed the culture of the workplace. Her revelations sparked an internal investigation as well as a separate investigation by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Out of the 215 claims investigated, the internal investigation found 47 of those to be related to sexual harassment. Another 100 claims were found to be uncorroborated.
Company leadership has fired over 20 employees and taken on two new women in major leadership roles. A prominent female board member has promise a restructuring of the leadership team, with promises to take the sexual harassment claim numbers down to zero. The results of the outside investigation have not yet been released.
For this California company, sexual harassment claims have shaken it to the core. In the attempt to rectify the situation, many employees have been fired, and new procedures are being implemented. For persons who have been victims of sexual harassment, it may seem like there is nothing that can be done to effect change in the workplace, but the story of this company shows that that isn’t necessarily true. A lawyer can be a great resource to help with claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. One person coming out against a toxic culture can truly make a difference.
Source: CNBC, “‘Restructuring of the leadership team’ is coming at Uber, board member Arianna Huffington says“, Anita Balakrishnan, June 7, 2017