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Uber fires more than 20 employees amid sexual harassment investigation

June 6, 2017

Ride-hailing company Uber revealed at a staff meeting on Tuesday that 20 employees have been fired amid an ongoing sexual harassment investigation, according to a report by Bloomberg citing an unnamed source. At the meeting, the source said, an outside law firm hired by Uber provided the company’s 12,000 employees with an update on the probe it’s been conducting. A separate investigation is being conducted by former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder and the results of that investigation and recommendations based on it have been given to a special internal committee at Uber, the report said.

The law firm, Perkins Coie, told employees that it had looked into 215 claims — including discrimination, unprofessional behavior and bullying, in addition to sexual harassment — filed with human resources, CNN reported. More than 20 employees were terminated, 31 have been placed in counseling or training, another seven have been issued written warnings from the company, and 57 other cases are still pending. In 100 cases, the law firm said, no action was required.

Uber, the world’s most valuable startup, has been rocked by numerous scandals in recent months, several of them centering on sexual harassment claims. Travis Kalanick, the company’s controversial CEO who was at the center of one of the scandals, had been reluctant to release Uber’s diversity figures, but after a spate of problems earlier this year, he commissioned an internal investigation. In March, the company went public with the diversity report the initial investigation yielded. It showed that women are drastically underrepresented at Uber and that black and Hispanic employees are nearly non-existent within the company.

Read the full story at Bloomberg.


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