Technology Uber layoffs continue, this time it's 350 employees
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Uber announced it laid off another 350 employees on Monday from several teams across the company. This is the ride-hailing service's and brings the total number of people cut from its payroll to 1,185. Company CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he intends for this to be Uber's final round of layoffs.
"Days like today are tough for us all," Khosrowshahi wrote in email to employees, which was. "The [executive leadership team] and I will do everything we can to make certain that we won't need or have another day like this ahead of us."
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Uber apparently left one service out of the all-in-one application it's testing. According to Financial Times and Crain's Chicago Business, the ride-hailing giant will launch a new app called Uber Works on Friday that will connect businesses with temp workers. It will initially be available in Chicago where it's been in testing for a year, though FT says Uber is exploring the possibility of a wider rollout. Uber created the service to match blue collar workers like chefs with businesses that need temporary staff to fill in the gaps in their lineup.
During this round of layoffs, employees from Uber's self-driving car, global rides and platform, performance marketing, recruiting and Uber Eats divisions were cut. In the previsions two rounds, Uber laid off staff from its and teams.
The layoffs come during a rough period for Uber as it attempts to gain footing as a public company. Afterin May, the ride-hailing service has seen , and an exodus of high-level executives. since then, along with its .
Khosrowshahi said that along with the layoffs on Monday, the company is also asking some staff to relocate. The employees affected by this latest round of layoffs are mostly based in the US and Canada, according to TechCrunch, and represent about 1% of the company.
Uber now lets you tell your driver if you're traveling with a pet
The ride-hailing company's new feature, dubbed Uber Pet, lets riders give drivers a heads up when they're bringing along an animal."This new feature lets you communicate to a driver that you'll be bringing a furried (or even scaled!) friend onboard your Uber trip," Uber wrote in a blog post. "We built this feature to give riders peace of mind.
In the previous layoffs, Khosrowshahi said , which led to "overlapping work" and "mediocre results" and that is "lean, exceptionally high-performing teams, with clear mandates."
On Monday, he said Uber's leaders have been examining their teams over the past few months to make sure they are "structured for success."
"This has resulted in difficult but necessary changes to ensure we have the right people in the right roles in the right locations," Khosrowshahi said, "and that we're always holding ourselves accountable to top performance."
An Uber spokesman confirmed the layoffs but declined to comment further.
Uber: 20 employees dismissed after complaints of harassment
Another blow for Uber, already in turmoil after many legal setbacks undermining its way of operating in several countries. The US VTC platform has dismissed many of its employees after a Perkins Coie investigation pointed to harassment and discrimination following filing of complaints, according to information released a few days ago and confirmed by the company. After the resignation of several senior executives in recent months, these recent revelations only fuel speculation about the deleterious climate that would prevail within the company.
"We investigated a total of 215 complaints, which were related to discrimination, sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, intimidation, harassment, retaliation or security issues", wrote a spokesman for the world's number one booking car driver.
The same spokesman said that "the complaints emanated from employees around the world but most came from people based in San Francisco", where is the headquarters of the company. Some 20 employees were thanked by the company after a detailed study of the complaints that had been lodged against them and in particular company executives who worked in the firm's headquarters.
If the causes of these dismissals are known for a few days, the employees in question have not been part of the company for several weeks now, the measures recommended by the law firm were implemented quickly.
A corporate culture denounced
Uber's policy of managing internal problems has been repeatedly criticized by former employees. Nevertheless, on the side of the company one defends itself of any failure and puts forward the process put in place by the human resources to bring solutions to all conflicts which were reported to him.
When complaints were "confirmed" by his investigations, Uber took "quick and clear steps", insisting that the company, which has already faced revelations about the sexist and violent culture that reigns there, "acts continuously and with rigor for several months" on these subjects.
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The findings of the investigation and the dismissals that followed have been hailed by Bernard Coleman, the executive in charge of diversity within the organization. business. According to him, the report is "a first step" before adding "to be excited to see the progress made to make Uber a more pleasant place to work". Arrived from the Democratic Party last January, Bernard Coleman has the heavy task of improving the working conditions within the company but also to forget the many missteps of the company in communication in recent months.
It would seem, however, that Uber's internal concerns are not going away anytime soon, with another, larger survey being conducted in parallel. The latter, led by Covington & Burling, must be presented to employees next week and focuses on the culture of the company that had been denounced by a former employee as promoting harassment, discrimination and sexism.
(G.L. with AFP)
Uber has to pay New Jersey nearly $650 million in employment taxes .
Uber may insist that its drivers are contractors and not employees, but New Jersey isn't buying that argument. The state's labor department has slapped Uber and its Rasier subsidiary with a nearly $650 million bill for overdue unemployment and disability insurance taxes from the past four years, arguing that the ridesharing firm misclassified drivers. About $523 million of that is actual taxes, while up to $119 million is due in interest and penalties.
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