Uber CEO Travis Kalanick taking leave of absence
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 19:29
The chief executive of ride-sharing service Uber said Tuesday he will take an indefinite leave of absence from the company as it has come under increasing pressure over sexual harassment allegations and concerns about its workplace culture.
Uber hired Holder to conduct the probe after a former engineer named Susan Fowler blogged about her experience in February. She reported these incidents on a number of occasions to human resources and her managers, as well as the company's CTO Thuan Pham.
In addition, Uber must require that managers immediately report such conduct. The report also says that when Kalanick returns, the board will move to diminish his role by giving some of the CEO's job responsibilities to a chief operating officer ¬¬ a position Uber has been trying actively to recruit for but has yet to fill.
"If we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve".
The first recommendation on its list of 10 was: "Change senior leadership" with the added index of 'Review and Reallocate the responsibilities of Travis Kalanick'.
Kalanick said Tuesday that his leadership team would be running the company in his absence.
Uber reportedly did make changes after Fowler's allegations, including starting a 24-hour employee hotline and firing 20 after Perkins Cole investigated complaints about sexual harassment, bullying and other workplace problems. That investigation, which was separate from Holder's, checked into 215 complaints; 57 are still under investigation. As part of these communications, the Head of Diversity could send updates to employees regarding the company's diversity efforts, engage in outreach efforts to Uber employees and affinity groups at Uber, and serve as a resource for senior management and rank-and-file employees alike with respect to diversity and inclusion.
The report recommends that Uber makes sure its workforce becomes more diverse from the top down. In the US, less than a third of the company's workers are female.
Travis Kalanick gestures while speaking during the opening of "Startup Fest", a five-day conference to showcase Dutch innovation, in Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 24, 2016.
His announcement comes on the same day the law firm Covington & Burling released a series of recommendations on changing the corporate culture at Uber, which, with a roughly $70 billion market value, is considered the world's most valuable start-up company. In the eight years of its existence, Uber has been facing severe criticism about his work culture in various countries. In an email to employees, Kalanick admits he needs leadership help.
He was exposed on a dashcam video earlier this year that showed him verbally abusing an Uber driver who had complained about making less money from the platform. Its president, Jeff Jones, quit in March after less than six months.