Uber to share some findings of harassment probe Tuesday
Jun 10 2017
Ride-hailing firm Uber has fired about 20 of its employees, including some senior executives, after an investigation into more than 200 sexual harassment and other workplace-misconduct claims.
In a review of 215 human-resources claims, Perkins Coie took no action in 100 instances as it continues to investigate 57 others; meanwhile, 31 employees are in counseling or training, while seven received written warnings from the company, an Uber spokesman said. It has become the poster child for that in tech since explosive revelations about pervasive sexism, sexual harassment and generally terrible management were published in a blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler.
Uber Technologies Inc. retained Perkins Coie after former engineer Susan Fowler posted a blog in February about sex harassment at the company.
Huffington told The Washington Post that she could not comment until the process is completed next Tuesday by former United States attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. Despite this, Uber board member Arianna Huffington denied that sexism was a systemic problem at the transportation network.
Though unconnected with the claims of sexual harassment, it is less than a week since Uber made the decision to fire its top autonomous vehicle engineer, Anthony Levandowski. A most prominent example was letting go of Amit Singal, SVP Engineering, who did not disclose a case of sexual harassment at his previous workplace, Google. Bloomberg was the first to report the news Tuesday. The company did not name any of the 20 employees who were terminated.
Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has called the allegations by Fowler "abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in". But according to Bloomberg, today's meeting was focused on the findings of a separate law firm, Perkins Coie LLP, that was hired to look into Fowler's specific allegations. Taking a step further Uber has also offered a confidential helpline for all its employees to log their concerns.
For the last three months, Uber has been seeking a chief operating officer to work alongside Kalanick, who has earned a reputation as a pugnacious leader. Initially, the company had expected to make a public announcement this week, but that timing has been pushed back. That report is still with Uber's board's subcommittee.