Uber: Is the transportation tech giant living up to its name?

The word Uber means “to a great degree or extent.” Uber, the online cab service, seems to have taken it upon themselves to prove that they’re worthy of their name. The company has had about 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in the past two years.

The ride-hailing giant also lost its license to operate in the city of London due to the increasing number of complaints in 2017 but was granted two extensions. The company is still fighting this. Transport for London (TfL) said that Uber would not be granted a new license after it identified a ‘pattern of failures’ in the city that put the passenger safety at risk.

The company has faced multiple sexual harassment lawsuits over the years. There was even one incident that forced the company to go through major changes. Susan Fowler, a former employee of Uber, wrote about harassment and sexism being prevalent in the company. This caused one of the founders, Travis Kalanick, to step down from the position of CEO in June of 2017.

Another employee named Yingnan Li, a Chinese immigrant, and a software engineer, is suing the company for firing her after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit stated, “Due to the substantial and pervasive culture of misogyny and harassment within the company at all levels, Ms. Li had no recourse and learned quickly her best option was to play along.”

“Most companies don’t talk about issues like sexual violence because doing so risks inviting negative headlines and public criticism. But we feel it’s time for a new approach. Voluntarily publishing a report that discusses these safety issues is not easy,” said the Chief Legal Officer at Uber, Tony West.

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