Before you #deleteUber

The executive orders imposed by our government along with the recent blogpost by Susan Fowler puts us in a moral dilemma. Two different issues with extremely serious consequences but somehow the public is coming to the same solution. To #deleteUber.

I recommend Lauren’s blogpost in ThinkProgress to read stories of immigrants who are in a place between following their moral conscience or supporting their families.

Lauren notes: “Ninety percent of Uber’s drivers in New York are immigrants, according to the Independent Drivers Guild. And according to survey launched by the guild, 90 percent of drivers believe Uber needs to do better.”

While I do feel that each and everyone of us has the responsibility to support immigrants and families who were impacted by our recent ban, the recent #deleteUber movement that arose from the Taxi strike was an impetuous response to the existing issue — HOW can we best support the impacted immigrants and their families?

Not even a month later, Susan Fowler publishes a brave and genuine blogpost on her experience at Uber and the many instances of blatant sexual harassment that were ignored at the company. Then, immediately the public response in virtual protest was #deleteUber. Again, an instance where the immediate ramifications of jobs that Uber provides to immigrants, women, generally people all over the world was not taken into consideration.

Take a step back and listen to the problem before jumping to solutions. While #deleteUber may be your solution, the lives of those who have suffered from the immigration ban and widespread sexual harassment across all companies, not just Uber, has not changed.

Is this the best we can do for our society right now?

My suggestions:

Get involved. My non-profit Move Up primarily works with immigrant women who seek economic independence with their first job, a promotion, or starting their own business. My friend Tiffany noted other organizations that may be of interest. Reach out to me and I can help you find the right organization for you.

Become aware. Whether at Uber or tech/non-tech community, sexual harassment, discrimination, and bias happens everywhere . Without noticing these behaviors around your colleagues and speaking up, creating change within your organizations, this problem will only continue to be acceptable. Without having been in this situation yourself you may not be able to deeply empathize with the feeling of loneliness and helplessness when its between your beliefs, your societal standing, and your career. Observe, listen, and speak up.

Help women, immigrants and others succeed in the workplace. In this NYT article, Sheryl Sandberg notes that against most commonly held stereotypes, “In business and in government, research supports the notion that women create opportunities for women.” However, supporting women in the workplace gets difficult when you are constantly fighting for yourself as well. In a professional environment, when stress levels are already high, it’s so important to be the best version of yourself.

  • Stop judging women for their behaviors in the work place and give credible but critical feedback.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments that can be often overlooked.
  • Help prevent situations where a female may feel belittled and even harassed by her team, executives, and even HR.
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