Uber can’t seem to get rid of its woes. In this trouble-filled year for the ride hailing service, yet another lawsuit has been filed against Uber by three Latina engineers.
The lawsuit has been filed by three female engineers: Ingrid Avendaño, Roxana Del Toro Lopez and Ana Medina, who claim that Uber discriminates against its female engineers and people of color in regards to compensation and other practices, due to which these three women have lost out on earnings, promotions and benefits. The lawsuit further states that female employees and African-American, Latino and American Indians on average get lower rankings than male, white and Asian-American workers, “despite equal or better performance.” The complaint claims that Uber’s biannual “stack ranking” system is invalid, arbitrary and forces different outcomes between employees “regardless of whether there are meaningful performance differences between individual employees within a particular peer group.”
“These three engineers are seeking to ensure that Uber pays women and people of color equally for the hard work they’ve done – and will continue to do – to help make Uber successful,” said lawyer Jahan Sagafi of Outten & Golden, which is representing the three women.
The case, which was filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court, claims that Uber has violated the California Equal Pay Act and the California Private Attorney Generals Act. In theory, the claims can result in large penalties against employers who violate wage laws. However, any damages are split, through which the state will receive 75 percent of the total, and employees will receive 25 percent of the total.
Avendaño worked with Uber as a software engineer II from February 2014 to June 2017. Del Toro Lopez worked at the company from May 2015 to August 2017. Medina, who is still working with Uber, joined the organization in March 2016 as a software engineer I.
Uber spokesman Matthew Wing declined to comment.
Uber isn’t the only company facing a lawsuit alleging gender bias. Other tech giants like Google, Oracle, Twitter and Microsoft are facing similar kinds of lawsuits.