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‘Diversity Report’ For Uber Concludes What Everyone Already Knew About Tech

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

Uber released diversity statistics Tuesday showing that roughly 85 percent of its tech workforce is male and approximately 94 percent are either white or Asian.

The ride-sharing company, specifically founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, felt the need to share its internal data after accusations of systemic sexism and a number of debacles and missteps transpired in recent months.

Allegations of sexism first arose after a former female engineer wrote a lengthy, highly disturbing account of her time at Uber. (RELATED: Uber Dismisses Vice President For Omitting History Of Alleged Sexual Harassment)

“He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn’t help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with,” Susan J. Fowler writes on a personal blog post. “It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.”

Soon after, The New York Times obtained testimony from more than 30 current and former employees that included booze-filled ragers, consumption of illicit drugs, and groping of several female employees. (RELATED: Is This Anonymous App Helping Fuel An Insurrection At Uber?)

Along with the creepy details and a reported lack of a response from leadership, Fowler described how the larger engineering group she was part of was over 25 percent female when she started, but soon “dropped down to less than 6%” and then 3 percent on her final day of work.

Overall, Uber’s makeup is currently around 64 percent male and 36 percent female. For customer support positions, it is virtually split down the middle, with 50.3 percent men and 49.7 percent women.

Tech companies trying to implement and maintain policies similar to “affirmative action” have reportedly been failing. Many leaders in Silicon Valley told Bloomberg News they were struggling to create a more diverse workforce after setting relatively high standards for themselves.

Former recruiters at Facebook said they were directed to make more “diversity hires,” which include anyone who wasn’t a white or Asian male. Even though Facebook would reward hires of minorities, job recruiters became frustrated because minority engineering candidates wouldn’t ultimately get an offer.

“We’re dedicating $3 million over the next three years to support organizations working to bring more women and underrepresented people into tech,” Uber announced in its diversity report.

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