Summary: Uber has recently under “fire” in what happened to Susan Fowler, who was a former software engineer, facing sexism and harassment from her supervisor. When she complained to the human resource team about this issue; the supervisor had a “stern-talk” and considered it a first offense, but when they talked to Susan Fowler, she was told to stay on that team or risk a performance review. Fowler mentioned that other employees were being harassed by the same manager and contradicting what HR said to her. When Fowler asked the director’s opinion on women’s representations of being an engineer, it mention that they need to step up and be better engineers. Another incident that happened was Uber ordered leather jackets for engineers, but were only for men. Fowler complained repeatedly to HR, thus causing them to believe that Fowler was the issue, not the manager. Fowler went to court against the company, but the company still sided with the harasser.
Connection: Throughout history, women have been treated differently. In the 1950s, women were encouraged to stay home, but some wanted to work. Those who work would have 60% pay of what a man would make for the same job.
1. Do you think that Fowler's actions against her company were right? Do you think that the court was right? Explain.
2.Do you think that sexism such as this is common in many companies and how do you propose it can be fixed?