Thursday April 27, 2017

Uber Engineer Who Made $170K per Year Commits Suicide Due to Job Stress

This sounds like a guy who had plenty of other job options, so there had to be some kind of mental illness at play, right? Family members say Mr. Joseph’s job at Uber resulted in "panic attacks, trouble concentrating, and near-constant anxiety," yet he was "adamant" he could not leave his job.

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Joseph had shot himself. He died in the hospital two days later, a week before he would have turned 34. His father and widow are convinced that the work environment and stress at Uber triggered his suicide. Zecole Thomas has filed a workers’ compensation claim seeking to hold Uber accountable for her husband’s mental decline. "If you put a hard-driving person on unrealistic tasks, it puts them in failure mode," said the elder Joe Thomas, who said his son described a sort of brainwashing at Uber. "It makes them burn themselves out; like driving a Lamborghini in first gear."

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