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Human Capital: What’s next in Uber and Lyft’s court battle and a look at board diversity in Silicon Valley

Welcome back to Human Capital, where we unpack the latest in diversification, equity and inclusion, and labor matters within the tech industry.

In this week’s edition, we’re looking at the latest in Uber and Lyft’s court battle to keep their motorists classified as independent contractors, Pinterest’s well-timed advertisement of a Black board member, overall timber diversity in tech and the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s action campaign to advance racial justice.

Gig Life

Appeals reviewer grants Uber and Lyft a temporary stand

The Uber-Lyft versus parties of California saga continued the coming week. The latest is that Uber and Lyft will not be been closed down their respective ride-hailing services today. That decision came following an appeals court judge’s decision to grant them a temporary stay on the preliminary injunction order that seeks to force them to immediately reclassify their moves as employees.

There’s no saying when this will all be resolved, but here’s what happens next 😛 TAGEND

8/ 25: Uber and Lyft must file written statements by 5 p. m. PT agreeing to expedited procedures in the petitions process. If they agree, the bide will remain in place until the appeal is resolved.

9/ 4: Both Uber and Lyft must submit sworn statements with implementation plans for complying with the law within 30 epoches if the court maintains the trial court’s order order and if their California ballot measure that aims to keep moves classified as independent contractors, Prop 22, doesn’t pass.

10/ 13: Oral rationales in the appeal contingency begin.

Meanwhile, as Uber and Lyft were threatening to shut down and awaiting a ruling from the judge, rideshare moves propped an action outside of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. At the mobilize, San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney pictured his support for drivers.

This is an incredible speech from @MattHaneySF. Listen to all of it. He breaks down so clearly how the inequality we have in the US is crystal clear in the gig economy. #NoOnProp22 2faHNjzZQn

— Gig Workers Rising (@ GigWorkersRise) August 20, 2020

Stay Woke

100 epoches of activity for ethnic right

The kinfolks over at the Kapor Center for Social Impact are urging beings to taking any decision for ethnic justice.

“The assassinations of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, the latest in a long history of police brutality against Black men and women have inspired protests and upheavals in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, ” they write. “In doing so, it has challenged America to confront the systemic racism that has been embedded in every institution, from education to policing to the economy, from its inception.”

As part of the organization’s 100 epoches of war for ethnic justice safarus, they’re urging beings to participate across three countries: school equity, civic participation and fiscal right. That last area, financial right, is what is especially geared toward the tech industry. The expedition calls for tech chairwomen to deploy capital to Black and Indegenous people of color, renegotiate the relevant requirements of their work rich radicals, backing footpaths into tech jobs and more.

As Kapor Capital Partner Brian Dixon outlined in June, there are three immediate actions VC firms can take to make headway 😛 TAGEND

Hire Black investors Fund Black benefactors Hold your firm accountable

Pinterest gives firstly Black board member

Andrea Wishom became the first Black board member at Pinterest earlier this week. The announcement came a couple of days after Pinterest employees placed a virtual stoppage to necessitate systemic mutate as it relates to gender and racial discrimination. The revolt was a direct response to former Pinterest employees speaking out against gender and racial discrimination. Last week, former Pinterest COO Francoise Brougher sued the company, alleging gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful closure. Prior to that, Aerica Shimizu Banks and Ifeoma Ozoma too accused Pinterest of discrimination.

Over the last few years, tech firms have done a better errand than usual around diversity at the board level. Following Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian stepping down from its board of directors and counselling the company to add a Black person to its timber, Reddit constituted Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel. Other business that have added Black board members in recent years include Facebook, Airbnb, Slack , Twitter and Apple.

Here’s a immediate scorecard of racial diversity at large-hearted tech companionships. Below, you can see how these major tech companies all have at least one Black board member, but how Black beings are still underrepresented on boards of directors.

Image Credits: TechCrunch

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