After various sexual harassment claims, Uber have fired 20 employees

Marcus Newton
June 10, 2017

At least 20 people have been fired as a result of a Perkins Coie law firm investigation into allegations of harassment, according to one source familiar with the matter.

NEW YORK - Uber is acting swiftly after an investigation substantiated many reports of sexual harassment at the company. Beyond that, the company is continuing to investigate 57 additional claims about "harassment, discrimination, retaliation", and other similar things, with another 31 employees being given "counseling or training" and seven others getting "written warnings" about their behavior.

Uber may have a systemic harassment issue after all.

These include allegations of sexual harassment, a video of CEO Travis Kalanick berating an Uber driver, a legal battle with Google over the alleged theft of driverless auto technology, the revelation that Uber used secret "Greyball" software to deceive city regulators, and allegations that the company had another program called "Hell" created to spy on its arch-rival Lyft. In addition to sexual harassment, Uber is facing a litany of issues, including a slew of executive departures, the federal criminal investigation over potentially deceiving law enforcement and an admission that it underpaid tens of thousands of drivers.

The ride-sharing company announced the news to its 12,000 employees at a meeting at its San Francisco headquarters on Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.

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Uber's workplace culture has been the subject of two independent investigations recently, which were spurred by a former employee's blog post earlier this year.

Law firm Perkins Coie has so far investigated 215 complaints against Uber's staff. Last month, Uber fired Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving-car engineer who once worked for Google and is at the heart of the case.

It also confirmed on Tuesday it has hired former Apple Inc. executive Bozoma Saint John as chief brand officer, the WSJ said. Amit Singhal, the former Uber engineer, has denied the allegations.

Holder's findings are expected to be presented to a group of Uber's board members and a summary of the findings may be made public.

On Monday, as Fortune reported, Uber hired Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei as senior vice president of Leadership and Strategy. CNN's source said multiple senior level employees are no longer with the company due to what the investigation revealed.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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