Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Uber fires 20 after investigating over 200 bad-behavior claims

Uber fires 20 after investigating over 200 bad-behavior claims

San Francisco: Uber has fired more than 20 employees after a company investigation into sexual harassment claims and workplace culture, reported United Kingdom daily the Guardian.

The company told its staff the employee relations unit would expand to better investigate claims.

The firm's report will factor into to Holder and Albarran's larger investigation into Uber's cultural problems, which will include recommendations for how the ride-hail giant can prevent future cases of harassment and discrimination from occurring.

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A person with knowledge of the investigation said 115 out of 215 claims required action.

The company came under fire in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler's blog post described several instances where female employees felt that they were sexually harassed and that their complaints were ignored. The person who confirmed the news for The Washington Post was familiar with Uber's action and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter not yet announced publicly by the company. In the long term, the increased scrutiny may finally result in the workplace changes that many have been saying that Uber needs to make for some time. CEO Travis Kalanick asked for his senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, to resign in February after the company learned of sexual harassment allegations against him while he was at Google.

Fowler's direct manager had already been fired, as well as many others, before the news of today's latest spate of firing revelations and Perkins Coie involvement, which was reported yesterday by Recode.

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Bobbie Wilson, an attorney at law firm Perkins Coie, updated Uber's employees on the firm's investigation of employee complaints. So far the investigation has found at least 20 employees were at fault in terms of discriminatory, bullying and other harassing behaviours, according to Tech Crunch. Uber board member Arianna Huffington, the former editor-in-chief of HuffPost, is helping oversee Holder's probe. Fowler says this made it obvious that they were lying about that being his first offense.

Kalanick has reportedly made a series of high-profile hires and may still be looking for a chief operating officer amid the fallout.

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