Sexism and power struggles in the workplace.
A former Uber engineer has published an explosive account of sexism and power struggles in the workplace, with allegations beginning from her very first official day with the company. The engineer, Susan Fowler (who left Uber in December and now works for Stripe), posted the account to her blog on Sunday, calling it a “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story.” It is indeed horrifying.
Sexism is a well-documented problem in Silicon Valley, but the particulars of Fowler’s account are astounding. She says problems began on day one, when her manager accosted her with details of his sex life:
Officer Eric Michl sent a selfie and a text message to an Uber driver accused of extorting money from a woman who had left her purse in his car. (KCPQ)
SEATTLE – An Uber driver who was demanding money before returning a woman’s purse quickly changed his mind Sunday after a Seattle officer sent him a text and a selfie, police said.
The woman contacted officer Eric Michl on Capitol Hill around 2 a.m., saying she’d left her purse, wallet and ID in the Uber.
She was distraught because she was scheduled to fly home later that day, and worried she wouldn’t be able to without her identification, according to KCPQ. She said she had called the driver and offered to pay his fare if he brought...
I dropped off 2 pax at bar but they insisted I stop and have a drink with them before continuing working. Tipped me a 20 so I said why not. I didn't have alcohol though cuz I was worried about secret Uber shoppers so just had a Diet Coke and they paid for me and rated me a 5 in front of my face, winked and wrote a compliment. Told me to forget the people who rate me less.
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