Uber Employees Sacked Over Harassment Claims Against The Company
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 5:50
Bloomberg reported that the law firm Perkins Coie investigated 215 claims and took no action in 100 of them. When she reported the incident to Uber HR, Fowler says her claims were dismissed and she was instructed to either find another team to work for or accept negative performance reviews in the future.
Over the past year, Uber has been taking aggressive steps to fire employees against whom there were any complaints of sexual harassment. Uber did not respond to a request for comment.
The probe started with a widely shared essay by a former company engineer who said Uber has a culture of sexual harassment, and the probe was missing a big portion of Uber: its contractors.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a separate investigation into sexual harassment and discrimination claims at company. Tim Bajarin, president of tech research firm Creative Strategies, said more employees will probably be fired in the coming weeks.
A summary of the investigation, a effect of allegations made by female staff that a pervasive and toxic "bro culture" existed in the Uber offices, will be made public soon.
A separate investigation is also going underway at the same time of this disaster by a former United States attorney general, Eric Holder. The company also brought on the law firm Perkins Coie to investigate the specific harassment allegations that Fowler raised.
After Fowler's blog posting, Uber set up a 24-hour hotline to take complaints from employees, and hired Perkins Coie to investigate them. Amit Singhal, the former Uber engineer, has denied the allegations. The spokesperson said a majority of claims emanated from Uber HQ in San Francisco.
The company also hired Bozoma Saint John, who is a popular face at Apple's product launches, as its Chief Brand Officer. She also wrote about what other female employees told her during her time working at Uber. These included cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. As a result, Uber commissioned two investigations.
Uber is also embroiled in a trade-theft lawsuit with Waymo, the Google self-driving auto spin-off, which has accused Uber of using stolen technology.