Uber fires 20 employees over sexual harassment probe

Posted June 07, 2017

Uber told employees at an all-hands meeting on Tuesday that it has fired 20 people and investigated at least 200 claims of discrimination and harassment, among other issues, in an internal investigation into its workplace culture.

Uber has fired more than 20 employees after a sexual harassment investigation. While 100 employees were initially caught in the net, the publication said that 57 employees are still being investigated, 31 are in some type of counseling or training for their actions.

Uber Technologies Inc. retained Perkins Coie after former engineer Susan Fowler posted a blog in February about sex harassment at the company. A source who chose not to be identified by Bloomberg told the outlet of the investigation findings, saying that Perkins Coie LLP gave the company the results.

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Several high profile employees have left the embattled company in recent months, including policy and communications vice-president Rachel Whetstone, and Jeff Jones, Kalanick's second-in-command, wholeft the company over what he described as disagreements with leadership.

Uber's workplace culture has been the subject of two independent investigations recently, which were spurred by a former employee's blog post earlier this year. After that, said Wilson, "we made recommendations to the company and they abided by them".

Uber has been struggling with negative news lately that even involve their own leader Travis Kalanick.

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On Monday, Uber said it hired Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei to train all managers, reporting to Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick. "Other things came up that are in that area, that our values are masculine and a little aggressive, but the harassment issue, I just didn't find that at all", she said. The person who confirmed the news for The Washington Post was familiar with Uber's action and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter not yet announced publicly by the company. Bloomberg reports that seven employees have received a written warning.

Uber also is searching for a chief operating officer and chief financial officer as it prepares for a possible public stock offering. Their report was completed at the end of May and has been shared with a subcommittee of the Uber board of directors, a company representative said.

Uber also was accused by Alphabet for stealing files containing trade secrets from its self-driving auto division Waymo.

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