Uber fires more than 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber fires more than 20 staff after harassment investigation

Uber fires more than 20 staff after harassment investigation

In a company-wide meeting on Tuesday, attorney Bobby Wilson from the firm Perkins Coie, told Uber's 12,000 employees that 215 claims of sexual harassment had been investigated, according to a person familiar with the matter, Forbes reported.

Uber has also hired former USA attorney general Eric Holder and his law firm Covington & Burling to carry out a separate investigation into the company's culture.

Uber is acting fast after an investigation substantiated multiple reports of sexual harassment at the company, CNN reports. 57 claims remain under investigation, 31 employees are in counseling or training, and seven received written warnings, according to a company spokesperson.

The Perkins Coie findings, which employees were briefed about on Tuesday, is what resulted in the terminations. It has suffered a flurry of executive departures, including heads of communications, finance, growth engineering, product, and its self-driving division.

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Meanwhile, a problem of this scale certainly raises questions as to the culture of the company.

In February of this year, Uber and its CEO, Travis Kalanick, promised to fire any staff found to be engaging in such activity.

But those chips are still falling, she added, noting that the investigation continues to root out bad behavior at Uber.

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Worldwide, the company is 36.1 percent female and 63.9 percent male, with women making up just 15.4 percent of Uber's tech workforce.

This news come at a time when many high profile executives are leaving Uber.

Uber also was accused by Alphabet for stealing files containing trade secrets from its self-driving auto division Waymo.

Neither the fired workers' identities nor their roles with the company were revealed.

The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture.

Newcomer is also reporting that the findings and firings are the results of a different investigation than the Holder one, meaning Uber has been running at least two of these things concurrently...

The move was announced Tuesday during an all-hands meeting at the company's San Francisco headquarters.

For the last three months, Uber has been seeking a chief operating officer to work alongside Kalanick, who has earned a reputation as a pugnacious leader.

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