Uber will have to pay out huge sums of money in settling a sexual harassment case with 56 current and former employees, as well as to 485 female and minority engineers claiming discrimination.
Each of the 56 claimants will receive $33,928.57 (roughly R480,000) on average , which works out to just under $1.9 million (R27 million) overall. In addition, the 56 are part of a wider class action consisting of 485 female and minority engineers claiming discrimination for pay disparity. Each of these claimants will receive an average of $11,000 (R156,000) each, giving a back-of-the-envelope estimate of just over $5.3 million (R75 million). Totted up, this gives a total payout of roughly $7.2 million (R102 million).
The average settlement figures were first reported by Bloomberg citing documents submitted to a federal judge in Oakland, California on Monday.
Before the payouts can happen the settlement requires court approval, which is due in November, and the claimants still have the right to object.
"We agree with the plaintiff's motion which states that 'the class has responded extremely favourably to the settlement' with amounts that are 'fair, reasonable, and adequate," an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider.
The lawyer for the class action, Jahan Sagafi, told the BBC that once the settlement is approved, "we can pay class members for these discrimination and harassment claims and begin the three-year effort to monitor Uber's implementation of the HR improvements."
This is the latest chapter in a string of stories about discrimination at Uber. The ride-hailing company's head of HR resigned in July after an internal investigation revealed accusations that she systematically dismissed complaints of racial discrimination.
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