Among the many recommendations made by the independent report provided to Uber by law firm Covington & Burling (also known as the Eric Holder report), is that Uber start to follow the “Rooney Rule” for its hiring practices.
According to the University of Pennsylvania , the Rooney Rule dates back to 2002, when the National Football League created a new mandate that teams “interview a minority candidate when making a new appointment to a head coaching position.”
The rule, which went into effect a year later in 2003, is named after Dan Rooney, who was the NFL’s diversity committee chairman and is the former chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s become more common among tech firms who are working to increase diversity in the office space. According to a September report from The Wall Street Journal , Facebook, Pinterest, Microsoft and Amazon all use some form of the Rooney Rule in hiring practices.
The Covington & Burling report calls for “at least one woman and/or member of a population currently underrepresented on each applicant interview panel — not just the panels for diverse applicants — to ensure diverse perspectives in the feedback and evaluation of candidates for positions at Uber and […]