Problems in the sharing economy

Discrimination an issue, needs to be eradicated
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2016

Last issue, I wrote of my love of Uber and the antics of its drivers that were both funny and a bit maddening. This time, though, the tale of the Uber driver takes a darker and more serious tone in the wake of a research paper that landed on my desk.

There are problems with the sharing economy, folks, and they lie squarely at the feet of discrimination.

Researchers in the United States found that drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft are avoiding picking up people with African-American-sounding names. The professors — from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Washington — sent graduate students out on rides in Seattle and Boston and found “significant evidence of racial discrimination in both experiments.”