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Female Uber employees tell Travis Kalanick to recognize the company has a “systemic problem”
A group of female Uber employees told CEO Travis Kalanick Thursday night that the company has a “systemic problem” follow reports of workplace toxicity and sexual harassment. The hour-long meeting, audio of which was published by BuzzFeed News, comes four days after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published an essay describing conditions at the company.Fowler reported being on the receiving end of sexual harassment from Uber employees, with her complaints ignored by the company's HR department. Since the publication of Fowler's blog post, more stories of Uber's corrosive work culture have emerged. A report from The New York Times described a number of incidents, including one in which an employee threatened to beat an underperforming subordinate with a baseball bat, and another where a manager groped a female co-worker's breasts at a company retreat. One female employee told Kalanick on Thursday night: “Can we stop saying ‘If there's a systemic problem here.' For years in tech we've been saying ‘If there's a systemic problem' and ‘Where's the data?' [...] But we have the data, we have the anecdotes, we have it happening in our own back yard. When are we going to get together and say there is a systemic problem here and stop using hypotheticals?”
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