Uber's board considers removing CEO Travis Kalanick per harassment probe recommendations

Over the weekend it was reported that the board has accept all the recommendations of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was conducting a thorough internal investigation on the matter. Along with a review of the long-in-the-works report on harassment, they will reportedly consider a leave of absence for Travis Kalanick and a top executive is expected to resign on Monday. According to a report by Recode, Singhal was terminated because he didn't tell the company about a sexual harassment complaint against him while working for his former employer Google.

The recommendations will be released to employees Tuesday, according to the board representative.

The pair's involvement in at least two incidents - the mishandling of an Indian rape victim's medical records and a visit to a Seoul karaoke bar that reportedly prompted a human-resources complaint - came up in the course of Mr Holder's investigation.

Uber's board said on Sunday that it had unanimously made a decision to implement all of Holder's recommendations, although has declined to comment on what these might be until later today. Having joined Uber from Klout in 2013, Michael oversaw Uber's broader business strategy, including partnerships and fundraising. NY general manager, Josh Mohrer, and the head of Uber's self-driving unit, have also resigned. The company said in a statement that "the board unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report".

According to Reuters, Kalanick and two allies on the board now have voting control of the company.

Kalanick called the allegations "abhorrent" - and in a separate probe, commissioned after Fowler's post, the Perkins Coie law firm examined 215 claims of harassment, bullying and inappropriate behavior.

Earlier this year, Uber's general counsel recommended that Emil Michael take a leave of absence until the results of the Holder report were delivered.

Kalanick proposed taking time off last month after a boating accident that killed his mother and sent his father to the hospital. It also poached Apple's star executive Bozoma Saint John to take over as its first chief brand officer. Now valued at close to $70bn (£55bn), it has fast become the world's most valuable start-up. He was also one of the Uber executives who went to a karaoke bar in Seoul on a business trip that same year, where executives reportedly selected women to be their companions for the night by the numbers hanging around their necks.

  • Zachary Reyes