Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Uber fires more than 20 employees - including senior employees - after internal investigation


Uber has fired more than 20 employees as part of its internal probe into workplace culture and sexual harassment.

Law firm Perkins Coie investigated Fowler's claims and made recommendations, some or all of which will be adopted by the company, the source said on the condition of anonymity, while declining to give further details.

Uber has fired 20 employees after launching two separate investigations into harassment claims. The reports of harassment first surfaced in February this year when ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler alleged that sexual and other kinds of harassment were common in the company.

Now, San Francisco-based Uber's 14,000 employees have been given an assessment of the probe led by law firm Perkins Coie.

Fowler's blog post recounting her time at uber went viral, as it suggested deeply rooted issues within the company.

On Monday, Uber said it hired Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei to train all managers, reporting to Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

Uber's inquiry is led by Perkins Coie LLP, which reviewed 215 human-resources claims at the ride-sharing company. The investigation uncovered over 200 reports of harassment and discrimination, half of which were dismissed with no action taken.

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In a memo to employees, he said he would bring on Holder to conduct an independent investigation into the incidents detailed in the blog post.

In addition to the sexual harassment allegations, Uber is the target of lawsuits, boycott threats and a federal investigation into claims that it has used a fake version of its app to thwart authorities.

Uber has also been accused of having a bloated and inexperienced management structure leading up to a culture of misogyny and mismanagement - 3,000 of its 12,000 employees are in management positions and many have had no prior management experience.

Several high-placed executives have resigned amid the turbulence, including a former head of engineering, who had failed to disclose harassment complaints at his former employer.

Out of the 215 cases, Uber revealed that 54 were related to discrimination and 45 to behavior unbecoming of a professional.

Uber also is searching for a chief operating officer and chief financial officer as it prepares for a possible public stock offering.

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