Dec 12, 2019

Intel and Uber come clean on pay equity, sexual assault

If you're a white man who works at Intel, there's a 27.8% chance that you make more than $208,000 per year. If you're a black woman who works at Intel, there's only a 9.5% chance that you make that much.

Data: Intel 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Pay Disclosure; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

This ugly truth was revealed by Intel in a pay disclosure this week the like of which I can't ever recall seeing from corporate America.

  • The Intel report came on the heels of Uber's own warts-and-all safety report, which disclosed nearly 6,000 sex assaults of various types over two years.
  • The Uber report revealed 107 deaths in two years from 97 fatal crashes — including the death of 32 pedestrians and two cyclists. Plus, another 19 "fatal physical assaults" and 464 incidents of "non-consensual sexual penetration."
  • The report was restricted to the U.S., despite the fact that most of Uber's business (and almost certainly the majority of total murders and rapes that happen on its platform) is in other countries.

Why it matters: Most companies like to keep bad news under wraps. Intel and Uber are bringing transparency to their failings, which, we can only hope, will encourage other companies to follow suit. Problems denied are problems that will never be solved.

Go deeper: Uber's first ever safety report cites 6,000 sex assaults in 2 years

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Court bans Uber's ride-hailing services in Germany

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A German court on Thursday banned Uber in the country after it ruled that the U.S. company doesn't have a license to offer transport services using rental cars, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Uber, which is active in seven German cities, also lost its license to drive passengers in London in November after city regulators claimed it risked passenger safety.

Go deeperArrowDec 19, 2019

Travis Kalanick is leaving Uber's board

Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair.

Travis Kalanick is stepping down as a board director with Uber, the company announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Kalanick is credited with growing Uber into a global phenomenon, changing the way people get around town. But he's also responsible for a problematic culture, which contributed to his mid-2017 firing as CEO.

Go deeperArrowDec 24, 2019

Inside Uber's privacy battle with Los Angeles

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uber is waging a battle against Los Angeles' transportation department over the city's new data-sharing requirements for scooter and bike rentals.

Why it matters: Uber is an unlikely champion of consumer privacy rights given its own missteps, but privacy experts say L.A.'s new standard could have a significant impact on urban transportation services, their users and what data cities can access.

Go deeperArrowDec 18, 2019