Ride hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. came under investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOCC) for allegedly discriminating between genders when it came to certain issues, such as wages and hiring practices, according to a source familiar on the matter. The gender discrimination probe began in August of last year. EOCC investigators have been interviewing former and present employees and retrieving documents from Uber executives as part of the probe, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“We have proactively made a lot of changes in the last 18 months, including implementing a new salary and equity structure based on the market, overhauling our performance review process, publishing Diversity & Inclusion reports, and rolling out diversity and leadership trainings to thousands of employees globally,” an Uber spokesperson said.
The Company is currently being sued by a former software engineer, Ingrid Avendaño, claiming she had been a victim of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and pay inequity.
Uber’s Chief People Officer, Liane Hornsey, resigned last week following an internal investigation over her handling of racial discrimination claims within the Company.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive of Uber, took over in August of last year when former CEO Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals. Khosrowshahi made a promise to change the culture of the ride hailing company.