Uber fires 20 employees after investigation into complaints
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 2:15
In total, 215 claims were investigated by Perkins Coie, with 100 resulting in no action, Uber confirmed.
Of the 215 claims, Uber said 54 were related to discrimination, 47 related to sexual harassment, 45 to unprofessional behavior, 33 to bullying and 36 to other types of claims. 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.
Uber has faced allegations of misconduct this year, including a criminal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly using software to trick regulators and avoid government scrutiny.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick launched an internal investigation into the company's workplace..
The firings, and the hiring of Saint John and Frei, are big steps in Uber's trek toward repairing its image, which has been tarnished by harassment complaints and a number of management missteps. "This is a significant action by Uber to give a strong message to take these actions seriously". "This seems to suggest that they can not simply say it's only a few bad apples here".
According to Uber they hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead their second investigation into company culture. Bloomberg was first to report the news.
The company is not commenting on the findings of the report from Perkins Coie, which was hired after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler past year alleged that she was sexually harassed, and her complaints disregarded by the company's human resources department. She described her Uber experience as a corporate nightmare, detailing instances of sexism, harassment and poor management.
Some of the claims in Fowler's blog post are still being investigated, Wilson said.
Those said to be let go range from average employees to senior executives, but no names have been released yet. That investigation reportedly has been completed, but the ride-hailing company has given no word on when the results will be revealed.
Uber also said it is offering a confidential helpline for employees to report concerns and has implemented a system to log and track all complaints. She did not respond to requests for comment from The Post.