Uber CEO takes leave of absence as recommendations of Holder investigation are made public

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. (REUTERS/Shu Zhang)

Changes are afoot at the world’s most valuable startup. Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced on Tuesday that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence from his job to grieve the death of his mother, who was killed in a tragic accident in recent weeks. In a memo to employees, CNN reported, Kalanick wrote, “It’s hard to put a timeline on this — it may be shorter or longer than we might expect. Tragically losing a loved one has been difficult for me and I need to properly say my goodbyes.”

The move came the same day that the company informed employees of the recommendations made by a law firm following a months-long investigation, led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, of the corporate culture there. Uber commissioned the external probe, carried out by law firm Covington & Burling, in February after a former engineer, Susan Fowler, wrote a blog post detailing a culture rife with sexual harassment.

According to the probe, Covington and Burling has recommended the biggest changes to impact Kalanick. The law firm recommended that he delegate more of his duties to other company leaders. They also called for a more independent board of directors and clearer processes for escalating employee complaints through human resources, among other changes.

Last week, Uber fired 20 employees after another outside law firm completed a separate investigation of more than 200 claims of various workplace misconduct.

Below, read through Covington and Burling’s full recommendations made to Uber’s board last week and revealed to employees on Tuesday.

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Read the full story at CNN and Recode.


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