Arianna Huffington says Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has started meditating
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 4:49
The Uber executive at the center of the report, Eric Alexander, served as the company's president of business in Asia Pacific. Those priorities also led to widespread sexual harassment, much of which wasn't acted upon by the company until yesterday when a probe led to the firing of over 20 employees.
When Recode asked Uber if Alexander was among the group that was let go, a spokesperson said he still employed at the company.
The incident involves a 26-year-old female passenger who was assaulted and raped during a ride in Delhi in late 2014.
In the weeks after the Delhi rape incident, and after the Uber driver was given a life sentence, Uber India head Amit Jain issued a number of public apologies.
Both news outlets understand that Alexander, CEO Travis Kalanick and senior business VP Emil Michael weren't sure that the rape claim was completely authentic.
Perkins Coie investigated 215 staff complaints going back as far as 2012, Uber said, taking action in 58 cases and no action on 100 more. The expansive workplace report concluded last week, a month behind schedule, when Holder's team presented its findings to a three-person subcommittee of Uber's board of directors. The tech giant dismissed 20 employees this week after an internal investigation surrounding complaints around discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and retaliation. We've reached to Uber on this and will update once we hear back. According to the website, he went to India to investigate, though it is not clear if he did this of his own volition or was directed to do so. "We seek to make Uber a just workplace FOR EVERYONE and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber ― and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired".
After obtaining the medical records, however, Alexander "brought the files to Kalanick and Michael [Emil Michael, SVP], who read them", Recode notes, quoting unidentified sources. "Travis never should have looked at the report and he should have fired him immediately", one executive told Recode.
According to the report, "Alexander carried around the document for about a year before other executives - presumably the legal department - obtained the report and destroyed his copy, according to the sources". In the last few months, exits have included VP of finance Gautam Gupta, president Jeff Jones - who was at the company for less than a year - and Anthony Levandowski, an exec at the center of Uber's battle with Google over stolen self-driving auto technology.