Uber firings: over 20 staff dismissed amid sexual harassment investigation

Bloomberg and other United States media first reported the firings, which they said were revealed at a company meeting on Tuesday.

Of the 215 complaints received, 54 were related to discrimination, 47 to sexual harassment, 45 to unprofessional behaviour, 33 to bullying and 36 had to do with other types of claims, the company said, adding that most were registered at its San Francisco headquarters. Acting on the law firm's recommendations, Uber's human resources team fired "more than 20" employees.

Uber was not immediately available for comment.

Uber launched the investigation when a former employee claimed that the company had not taken action after a manager mistreated a female employee.

The post prompted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to call for an internal investigation.

Sexual harassment has not been the only complaint about Uber's leadership. Uber board member Arianna Huffington also flew to San Francisco in the days following the publication of Rigetti's blog post to oversee the investigation as the company went into damage control.

According to reports, the law firm Perkins Coie was assisting the law firm of Covington & Burling to conduct the review of harassment reports. The information began leaking on Twitter earlier in the day, and The New York Times has since confirmed the reports with an unnamed employee.

The firings stem from an investigation by Perkins Coie, an global law firm that often works with startups and Fortune 500 companies. The results of that investigation were shared with Uber employees Monday. The law firms behind the investigations are still looking at some of the complaints.

Neither the fired workers' identities nor their roles with the company were revealed.

Fifty-seven claims are still be investigated, 31 employees have been given counselling and seven have been given written warnings from Uber.

Uber also was accused by Alphabet for stealing files containing trade secrets from its self-driving vehicle division Waymo.

Uber has also hired two women in senior executive roles: Harvard Business School Professor Frances Frei and Bozoma Saint John, Apple's former head of global and consumer marketing for iTunes and Apple Music. "But this is not a systemic problem", she said.

  • Zachary Reyes