Uber CEO may step aside — SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Uber's board of directors has adopted a series of recommendations about its corporate culture from former U.S. Atty.

Fowler now works for digital payments company Stripe. The report, which is not yet public, will mark a crucial turning point for Uber, one of the world's fastest-growing technology companies.

The investigation, launched in February, was begun in response to a sexual harassment claim by a female engineer and other issues involving Uber's operations.

Michael was a close confidant to CEO Travis Kalanick.

It comes shortly after another law firm, Perkins Coie, submitted a separate report on sexual harassment and other employee concerns at the company.

Uber said last week that it fired 20 employees after an investigation into reports of sexual harassment.

To say Uber is hemorrhaging talent may be a gross understatement. Gabi Holzwarth, Kalanick's girlfriend at the time, told Bloomberg News that she was at the bar and that Michael had attempted to silence her about the episode. The outside lawyers made no recommendation about Kalanick. Apparently, this was the subject of a board of directors meeting last Sunday, which puts the current Uber boss' future in question.

An Uber executive is reportedly planning to resign as soon as Monday as investigations into the company's inappropriate workplace culture expand.

Uber confirmed to the BBC that "the board unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report". Kalanick's father was seriously injured.

Multiple media outlets reported on Sunday that the board was considering a leave of absence for Mr Kalanick. The 40-year-old CEO said earlier this year that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up".

Any sort of reduction in involvement for Kalanick could be seen as a negative by outsiders.

The San Francisco, California-based company reportedly hired an independent law firm Covington & Burling to investigate its internal practices. He was also present on a trip with Kalanick that resulted in a formal complaint by a female Uber employee. Seeing Kalanick step down, even temporarily, would come as a surprise, given the large power that he wields at the company.

Martello is only the second woman on the ride-hail company's now seven-member board after Arianna Huffington, who joined the board in April of 2016. Saint John most recently was head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes.

  • Zachary Reyes