Uber fires over 20 workers in harassment investigation

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6 June 2017 | 6:57 pm

Uber Technologies Inc. has fired more than 20 employees after a companywide investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.

An Uber spokeswoman says the law firm Perkins Coie was hired after former engineer Susan Fowler wrote in a blog post in February about sex harassment at the ride-hailing company. Fowler wrote that on her first day at work her boss propositioned her in a series of messages.

The ride-hailing company in March vowed to change direction and become a more humane company after a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a video of a profanity-laced confrontation between the ride-hailing company’s CEO Travis Kalanick and a disgruntled driver.

Then, in April, Uber communications chief Rachel Whetstone decided to leave the company. Whetstone did not give a reason for her departure.

The investigation led by Perkins Coie reviewed 215 claims filed with Uber human resources. Perkins Coie took no action in 100 instances and it continues to investigate 57 others, Bloomberg reported. Meanwhile, 31 employees are in counseling or training, while seven received written warnings from the company.

Former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder is leading a separate investigation. The New York Times reported that Holder’s report has been delivered to Uber’s board.

Uber has about 12,000 employees.

Contributing: Associated Press

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