Uber fires 20 employees over sexual harassment probe

Uber Technologies has fired more than 20 people following an investigation into harassment claims at the ride-hailing company.

The company has faced a series of allegations of misconduct this year, including a criminal investigation by the Justice Department for using software to trick regulators and avoid government scrutiny.

News of the terminations were first reported by Bloomberg News.

The now highly-publicized issues of sexism, coverups and mismanagement surrounding it all came into light in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler penned a post about her experience at the company on her blog. That prompted a barrage of criticism over sexual harassment and a discriminatory work environment.

Investigations continue, the person said. Uber has not yet publicly released their findings, but the recommendations are expected to be shared next Tuesday at another weekly meeting.

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Uber has not named the fired employees, though the person close to the case said some were senior executives. 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 did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The investigation led the law firm Perkins Coie LLP reviewed 215 claimed filed with Uber human relations, Bloomberg reported, citing information from a person familiar with the matter. The firing was reportedly announced in a company memo that did not specifically give names.

The Uber sexism scandal just resulted in a ton of firings.

The company is also in the midst of a major trade secrets lawsuit against Google that threatens its self-driving vehicle ambitions. In addition, Kalanick recently suffered personal tragedy when his mother was killed and his father seriously injured in a boating accident.

  • Zachary Reyes