Uber Apologises After Photo Of Separate Bathrooms For Employees, Drivers Surfaces

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Uber apologises for the photo of separate bathrooms for employees, drivers which went viral. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also condemned the company.

Written By Tanima Ray | Mumbai | Updated On:

After a photo of two adjacent bathroom doors labelled 'partner' and 'employee' in an Uber office in the US irked the netizens, Uber had to apologize. The labels inferred that the toilets were separated for top officials i.e. partners and the drivers i.e. drivers. Uber driver Erika Betts was the first one to tweet the photograph from Uber's Greenlight Hub office in Providence, Rhode Island where she found the segregation. Betts wrote that it was strange that the company did not differentiate toilets on the basis of gender but stature in the company. Here is the original post.

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Netizens irked by Uber driver's post

Erika's post immediately caught the attention of netizens who severely criticized it. Many started calling it a blatant example of classist discrimination. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was amongst the top personalities to slam Uber for the separate bathrooms. She mocked Uber with reference to Google assistant, Siri. There were several others who joined the brigade of criticisms. Take a look.

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Uber apologises 

Uber has had a history of its alleged mistreatment of employees. Many drivers had previously raised concerns about their rights. The company even lost a court case in the United Kingdom when it attempted to forbid drivers from categorizing themselves as "workers" which entitles them to certain workers' rights like minimum wage and working hours in 2018. Following the outrage, Uber responded to the controversy stating the practice was against the company's policies. 

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