Uber has been fined $150K by the Federal Aviation Administration over its alleged sexual harassment of a female pilot
Uber’s pilot has been ordered to pay $150,000 in fines and other penalties for sexually harassing a female passenger in a California airport.
Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta announced the settlement Tuesday.
The airline agreed to settle with the pilot, a former Uber pilot who was also the former driver of a JetBlue flight, and pay $50,000 to settle allegations she made about Uber.
“Uber has been held responsible for violating its customers’ trust by its failure to act promptly and fairly when it came to protecting its employees from harassment,” Huertas office said in a statement.
“The FAA has imposed an administrative fine of $150 million on Uber, and we expect Uber to pay the same amount.”
The FAA said the alleged conduct occurred at an airport in California, and the woman who made the complaint had alleged that the pilot had been using the Uber app to meet passengers and had been harassing her.
She said that Uber, which has not responded to multiple requests for comment, “has not taken action to address the allegations.”
In a statement, Uber said it was committed to the safety of its drivers, passengers, and crew members and that it was disappointed that this matter would require a resolution that could have a ripple effect on the airline industry.
“We’re deeply sorry to all our customers who are still dealing with this issue,” the company said.
The settlement does not affect any pending or future litigation, said Ryan Vassallo, a spokesman for the FAA.
He said the agency is not expected to seek a stay of the court order until at least May, which is the first week Uber can appeal.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement to the FAA, the airline said it had “committed to take action to prevent this from happening again.”
Uber is one of a handful of tech companies that have been accused of sexually harassing women.
A report from The New York Times earlier this month found that more than 20% of the tech companies surveyed had been accused by a woman of harassment or assault by a former employee.
Uber said in an internal memo that it “has always stood behind our drivers and the people who serve them” and that the company was “not going to tolerate harassment and violence against women in our workplace.”
Uber said the settlement is the result of an “internal investigation” that was initiated by the company in the wake of the Times report.
The company said the investigation was “the result of a thorough, collaborative process that included many independent outside parties.”
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