Uber's sexual harassment investigation has already seen 20 employees fired
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 14:57
The report of the firings initially came from an attorney at the Perkins Coie law firm, which Uber hired to assist in a broader harassment investigation at the company and which made a presentation at the company's weekly staff meeting Tuesday.
Uber has fired more than 20 employees after a sexual harassment investigation. In the last few months, executive departures 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 vehicle technology.
Fowler, who now works at Stripe, called out Uber board member Arianna Huffington and Uber's Chief of Human Resources Liane Hornsey's repeated denials of "systemic" sexual harassment problems within the company. In the writing, engineer Susan Fowler said she endured sexual harassment at the company and the human resources department didn't do anything about it. The investigations were launched to look at the company's workplace practices.
The findings of a separate investigation on the company's workplace culture by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are expected to be released in the coming days. The results and takeaways from Holder's investigation will be presented to Uber employees at next week's all-hands meeting, according to the spokesperson.
The news comes as many executives are leaving Uber.
57 of the claims are still under review, 100 resulted in no action being taken, and seven have led to final written warnings. Overall Perkins Coie reviewed 215 claims of alleged misconduct, leading to the 20 firings. Fowler wrote that she later met female employees at Uber that shared similar experiences with the same manager, saying "it became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being his "first offense". The company didn't name the employees let go, but some of the people fired were senior executives, according to the Forbes source.
Uber also announced that it has hired Bozoma Saint John, the former head of consumer marketing for Apple Music, to be Uber's new Chief Brand Officer. After that, said Wilson, "we made recommendations to the company and they abided by them".
The company is also in the midst of a major trade secrets lawsuit against Google that threatens its self-driving vehicle ambitions.