The former female engineers that were underpaid at Uber Technologies Inc. when compared to men have reached a $10 million settlement with the company. Now, the women who claim they were sexually harassed at Uber will get their share of liability.
On Tuesday, a court will decide on the sum for a class-action lawsuit that involves 500 former female workers and racial minorities. The plaintiffs allege that the ride-hailing giant paid them less than their Asian and white male counterparts.
In March, plaintiffs added sexual harassment claims. At the time, the company refused to admit any wrongdoing but agreed to settle the case. In the end, women who were underpaid will receive $5 million in total, their legal teams will get $3 million, and harassment victims will receive $1.9 million.
Each victim, however, will have to submit a detailed report of the incident to get the compensation.
Last year, former engineer Susan Fowler accused Uber of mishandling her sexual harassment complaint. The media found that the HR department had more than 200 unresolved claims. Twenty people were fired in the scandal.
Judges Could Reject Settlement
Former employees who now seek to obtain more can opt out of the class action and pursue legal action on their own. However, if more than 5% of plaintiffs opt out, the company can withdraw from the settlement.
Experts think the court could reject the class settlement as judges may find the terms fuzzy and the amount of money insufficient. Past similar settlements involving Uber had this fate, with judges forcing Uber back to the negotiating table.
Early this year, a LA judge dismissed a settlement about the firm’s contractor-based business model twice. In the end, Uber agreed to shell out $7.75 million, which was distributed to all its California drivers. Each driver got $1.08 each.
In the latest sexual harassment case, if 100 women file claims, they could get $19.000 each.
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