Uber to add new board member amid ongoing turmoil, reports say
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 23:09
On the agenda at Sunday's meeting were a possible leave of absence for Mr Kalanick and potentially parting ways with Mr Michael.
On top of this, the board has voted on a review of it's policies and corporate culture based on the recommendations of the former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder following the sexual harassment scandal - revealed by Uber engineer Susan Fowler in February. Over 20 employees have already been fired in a move that was widely perceived as an attempt to show action before the potentially damaging findings in the report are revealed. And that's all just a small sampling of the turmoil that has existed at the company from the beginning and only grown worse in recent months. Now valued at close to $70bn (£55bn), it has fast become the world's most valuable start-up. Michael was understood to be the second most powerful person at Uber after CEO Travis Kalanick.
The probe was overseen by former US Attorney General Eric Holder.
Uber may ask its Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to go on a three-month leave amid complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying in the company, reported The New York Times, quoting unidentified officials.
Ironically, Kalanick was telling the board that if he was suspended, Uber would be left with a management void, according to a report. The founder who was hailed as an innovator and a role model is in deep trouble following the board recommendations. "If he isn't gone, the whole thing is a joke", an Uber employee told Quartz.
This was after an explosive blog post from former Uber engineer Susan Fowler in February this year, alleging that she was sexually harassed and the management ignored multiple reports during her year-long stint at the company. As the New York Times reports, Michael announced his departure to all company's employees in an email Monday morning, though it remains unclear whether he resigned or was terminated.
He said in response to the video: "I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up".
Fasten, an Uber rival that operates in Boston and Austin, Texas, said it saw a 25 percent ridership increase the week after an Uber boycott started.
According to a report by Quartz, many at Uber were surprised Michael wasn't dismissed after the karaoke bar scandal came to light earlier this year.
Kalanick has taken time off in the past two weeks after his mother died and his father was injured in a boating accident.