Uber fires more than 20 employees following harassment investigation

Marco Green
June 13, 2017

Officials with Uber said Tuesday that the company has fired over 20 employees after an internal probe into harassment complaints.

The ride-hailing company has been rocked by a series of scandals this year, including a widely circulated blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler in which she described being propositioned by her manager and stonewalled by the company's leadership when she reported the behavior. Taking a step further Uber has also offered a confidential helpline for all its employees to log their concerns.

She declined to share the breakdown of the claims but said the majority of the claims she investigated were not sexual harassment.

Bobbie Wilson, an attorney at law firm Perkins Coie, updated Uber's employees on the firm's investigation of employee complaints. Holder and Albarran's full report was delivered to Uber's board last week, but the release of its findings could be delayed because of the recent death of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's mother in a boating accident. She ran global consumer marketing of Apple Music and iTunes.

Uber did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Most of the claims came from employees based at Uber's San Francisco headquarters.

For a while, this worked well, pushing Uber's valuation to almost $70 billion.

Twenty people have been fired at controversial taxi firm Uber, after an investigation into allegations of harassment. It's also been accused of corporate espionage by Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous vehicle arm.

According to experts, the firings on Tuesday are likely just the tip of the iceberg of Uber's response to the investigations.

The investigation is one of many now going on at Uber following a blog post by former engineering employee Susan Fowler. Initially, the company had expected to make a public announcement this week, but that timing has been pushed back.

One of the firms, Perkins Coie LLP, is still in the process of reviewing 215 cases, 100 of which have led to no action being taken with 57 still open. The hotline will remain in operation.

Fowler also wrote that when she attempted to transfer to another engineering organization within Uber, her request was blocked despite a having an ideal performance score and meeting all the criteria for transferring.

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