Editor's note

Silicon Valley’s treatment of women was again in the spotlight in recent days after a former Uber software engineer accused the company of ignoring her repeated complaints of sex discrimination and harassment. Susan Fowler’s post recounting her time at Uber quickly went viral, prompting its CEO to hire former Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate. Fowler’s experience is hardly unique and reveals an uncomfortable truth about how corporate America deals with employee discrimination claims, writes University of Oregon law professor Elizabeth Tippett.

Another story in the headlines is the Trump administration’s plan to deport millions of undocumented migrants. It’s premised in part on the notion that immigration poses a threat to Americans’ livelihoods. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise, according to Kevin Shih, an assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Uber is the latest Silicon Valley company to find itself accused of sexism. Eric Risberg/AP Photo

Uber's dismissive treatment of employee's sexism claims is all too typical

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon

The escalating indifference with which Uber allegedly reacted to a software engineer's harassment claims is the norm in the corporate world, where enforcing civil rights laws is seen as a tax on profits.

Economy + Business

  • Want a stronger economy? Give immigrants a warm welcome

    Kevin Shih, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Trump's plans to build a wall with Mexico and deport millions of people in the US illegally cast immigrants as an economic threat to Americans. The evidence suggests otherwise.

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  • Who exactly are 'radical' Muslims?

    Z. Fareen Parvez, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Muslims from the Salafist tradition can often be seen as 'radical.' There is not much understanding of Salafism, its history and its diversity. Here's what it means to be a Salafist.

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