Susan Fowler: Why I Wrote the Uber Memo

from NYTs

On Feb. 18, 2017 — three years ago almost to the day — I sat at my kitchen table, my laptop open, my mind racing. In the two months since I’d quit my job as an entry-level software engineer at Uber, I’d tried to forget what I’d experienced and witnessed there, but it was impossible.

In my year at the company, I’d been propositioned over company chat by my new manager on my first day on his team; when I reported the harassment, I was told it was his first offense, but later learned that it wasn’t (he had been reported to Human Resources before). I’d been berated by my managers until I left the meetings in tears. I’d been promised and then denied a transfer. I’d been retaliated against for reporting discrimination to H.R. I’d taken my concerns all the way to the chief technology officer and nothing had been done.

Although I’d left the company, I was still in touch with a number of my former co-workers. I knew they were experiencing the same kind of discrimination, retaliation and abuse that I’d witnessed and experienced. I heard the despair in their voices and watched helplessly as they became depressed, one after another. One of them had even taken his life.

The stakes couldn’t have been higher: If something didn’t change, if I didn’t speak out, I feared that another employee would commit suicide.

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One Comment

  1. As stated in The New York Times, “The stakes couldn’t have been higher: If something didn’t change, if I didn’t speak out, I feared that another employee would commit suicide.” As a women I will say that majority of us have at least faced sexual harassment once in our life time. Which is extremely disturbing because of the lack of respect we receive. A woman should not feel unsafe or disrespected in any environment, especially her workplace. The fact that this women was going to leave her job because she was harassed, denied transfer and retaliated against for speaking out should never be the case. This women not only took a huge risk in her career by speaking up so that others do not commit suicide however, by quitting her job for a well-known company could potentially lower her chances of getting hired by other companies. The world does not view women as humans however, they view them as objects, as if they are worthless. Which is never the case, we should all be treated equally no matter our race, gender or religion. As the traditional saying goes, treat people the way you would like to be treated. So when it comes down to women being the creator of life, Why are we then treated as if we have no purpose in this world ?

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