Lyft Releases Second-Annual Diversity Report
Lyft on Friday released its second-annual diversity report on the gender and racial breakdown of its employees and there have been some changes since the first report released last year. Though Lyft has upped its numbers in the ethnicity department, it's still overwhelmingly white and Asian. Overall, it is 52% white, 22% Asian, 10.2% Black, 9% Latino, 0.5% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native. The company saw the greatest improvement in its share of Black employees, a 4% increase from last year. However, the share of Black employees in tech roles barely grew (2% to 2.8%) -- the 7% gap between technical and non-technical roles means that a large percentage of its Black employees work in operations, with many likely in lower-paid customer support roles. The Latino gap in the same category stands at 4%. Looking at leadership roles, which Lyft defines as Director-level or above, the numbers get worse: African Americans make up 6% of its leadership; Latinos hold 3.3% of its leadership roles; and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and American Indian or Alaska Native are both at 0%. As for women, 40% of Lyft’s workforce is female, a decrease from last year’s 42%, and about 33% of its leadership is female, a 3% decrease. "There's some cause for celebration and some opportunity to really retrench. We're not done by any means," said Lyft VP of Talent and Inclusion Nilka Thomas. "Diverse leaders hire diverse teams. Where I want us to get really exaggerated in our work is around leadership." More here.