Amid her very serious allegations of rampant discrimination, Fowler still wedges in her gratitude for the opportunity to learn and work at Uber.
It’s a tone that feels heavily influenced by a tech world that has historically treated women like second-class citizens, and by the broader cultural implications of a society that continually ignores women’s pain and denies their struggles.
“Every time something ridiculous happened, every time a sexist email was sent, I’d sent a short report to HR just to keep a record going,” Fowler explains in her post.
She was an exemplary employee with a “perfect performance score.” Or at least she was until a male manager clandestinely demoted her score as a way of blocking her from transferring teams, because it made him “look good” to have women on his team while the company at large hemorrhaged women.
This is a woman who did everything “right” — a woman who kept, and showed, the receipts.
She reported incidents immediately to her managers and HR, and she came to those meetings with not just verbal complaints, but with physical proof to back her allegations.
Lamont detailed the racial and gendered discrimination she faced during her time at the company in a lengthy post on Medium, including an anecdote in which a colleague told her that she was “so black,” her skin blended in with a dark chair and made her difficult to see.Susan Fowler worked as an engineer at Uber for a year — a “very, very strange year” — which began with her being sexually propositioned by a manager via the company’s chat platform and ended with her quitting after she was told she could be fired (illegally) for reporting a discriminating manager to HR.Today, Fowler works for Stripe, a payment platform, doing site reliability engineering.The incident involving a manager, who was clearly hoping she’d have sex with him — he told her that he and his girlfriend were in an open relationship, but that he was having a harder time finding women to sleep with him — happened within her first few weeks at the company back in November 2016.When she reported the manager to HR, along with screenshots she’d saved of their chat conversations, Fowler was told that since it was the manager’s first offense and he was a “high performer,” he’d be let off with a warning.