Author: Megan Rose Dickey

Tech employees quit their jobs mostly because of unfair work environments, study says

TECHCRUNCH Life isn’t fair. Work’s not fair. Tech isn’t fair. So it’s no surprise that unfairness or mistreatment is the most frequently cited reason for leaving a job in tech, according to the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Tech Leavers study. The study looked at four main types of unfair treatment, behaviors and experiences: unfair people management practices, stereotyping, sexual harassment and bullying/hostility. As it turns out, turnover due to unfairness is a $16 billion per year problem, according to the study. The silver lining, as pointed out in the study, is that people would be down to stay...

Read More

Ne-Yo makes his first move into tech with an investment in a coding school

TECHCRUNCH R&B artist and producer Ne-Yo is making his first move into tech via an investment in the Holberton School for full-stack software engineers. Yup, it turns out Ne-Yo participated in the $2.3 million round Holberton announced in February. He’s also joining the school’s board of trustees in order to help attract people from underrepresented groups to learn how to code. “Everybody knows that tech and all these things are the wave of the future,” Ne-Yo told me. “I just love the fact of what they’re doing with the school — that they’re making it easier for underrepresented people in the...

Read More

Slack’s diversity report reveals how many people with disabilities it employs

TECHCRUNCH Tech companies rarely, if ever, include information about how many people with disabilities they employ. Today, Slack is changing things up. According to the company’s latest diversity report, 1.7% of its employees identify themselves as having a disability. As TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear noted, tech companies are generally hesitant to discuss disabilities. Slack, however, was rather open in its dialogue with O’Hear at the time about including that information in future diversity reports, as long as the company followed legal processes and employees were willing to share it. Good on Slack for following through. Since its last report in February 2016, Slack’s workforce has more than doubled to almost 800 employees across five countries. It also changed the way it presents the data to be in line with the methods required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Slack declined to comment beyond what it posted on its blog. In addition to people with disabilities, Slack included the aspects of a diversity report that many of us are familiar with, such as racial demographics and a gender breakdown across technical, non-technical and leadership roles. Slack also reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people make up 7.8% of its workforce in the U.S. But let’s look at my favorite topic — race. In the U.S., underrepresented racial minorities in tech make up 11.5% of Slack’s workforce. In this case, underrepresented backgrounds include black, Latinx, Native...

Read More

Palantir settles racial discrimination lawsuit with the Department of Labor

TECHCRUNCH Palantir has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian people in the company’s hiring and selection processes for engineering roles. As part of the agreement, Palantir will pay $1.7 million in back wages and other types of monetary relief, like stock value options, to those affected. Palantir will also extend job offers to eight eligible people. I wonder if those people would still want to work at Palantir, but I guess that’s besides the point. “We appreciate Palantir working with us to resolve these issues,” Office of Federal Contract...

Read More

Oneva wants to make it easier to access elder, infant and child care through employee benefits

TECHCRUNCH When it comes to finding someone to take care of your kids or your aging parent, the on-demand aspect of services that some businesses offer is not really a selling point. The most important element is trust and the peace of mind that you’re hiring a qualified person to take care of some of the most important people in your life. Onēva enables employers to offer elder, infant and child care, as well as housecleaning and other in-home services as employee benefits. All of Onēva’s providers are verified through FBI background checks, criminal background checks, reference checks and...

Read More

Uber gets sued over alleged ‘Hell’ program to track Lyft drivers

TECHCRUNCH Uber has another lawsuit on its hands. This time, it’s about Uber’s alleged use of a program called “Hell.” The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. He’s seeking $5 million in a class-action lawsuit. As the story goes, Uber allegedly tracked Lyft drivers using a secret software program internally referred to as “Hell.” It allegedly let Uber see how many Lyft drivers were available to give rides, and what their prices were. Hell could allegedly also determine if people were driving for both Uber and Lyft. The lawsuit, filed in...

Read More

Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

TECHCRUNCH Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. “We were not delivering wholly on convenience or nutrition,” Scrumpt co-founder Bri James told me. “There was still the barrier of having to go to the grocery store.” Now, parents can use Scrumpt as a one-stop shop for their kids’ lunches one week at a time. Scrumpt’s spring menu offers 14 options, including a pretzel slider with turkey,...

Read More

Uber’s head of diversity will be speaking at TC Sessions: Justice

TECHCRUNCH Uber’s head of diversity will be speaking at TC Sessions: Justice 10 minutes ago by Megan Rose Dickey The augmented reality gold rush is afoot 25 minutes ago by Josh Constine Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it struggles to monetize its service 33 minutes ago by Frederic Lardinois Today is the last day to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets 34 minutes ago by Emma Comeau Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels 40 minutes ago by Sarah Perez MIXhalo to reveal new audio technology at Disrupt NY with help from Pharrell and Incubus 50 minutes ago by...

Read More