Date
23 June 2017
Uber management has been accused of ignoring complaints from female workers of sexual harassment and sexism by their managers. Photo: AFP
Uber management has been accused of ignoring complaints from female workers of sexual harassment and sexism by their managers. Photo: AFP

Uber sacks over 20 workers after sexual harassment probe

Uber Technologies Inc. has fired more than 20 workers after conducting an investigation in alleged sexual harassment and sexism in the male-dominated workplace, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an employee who attended a company meeting on Tuesday.

The ride-hailing company told its more than 12,000 employees that law firm Perkins Coie LLP investigated 215 claims and that no action was taken on 100 of them, the newspaper quoted the employee as saying.

The names of those fired weren’t disclosed, and Uber declined to comment.

The company had ordered two investigations after former software engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti said in a blog post in February that Uber management had ignored multiple complaints from her and other female workers of sexual harassment and sexism by their managers, the Journal said.

Uber is expected to soon release an executive summary of a report prepared by former US attorney general Eric Holder, who along with his law firm Covington & Burling LLP was hired to help investigate Fowler Rigetti’s claims and recommend changes.

Uber also launched its own review. After conducting “listening sessions” with employees, human resources chief Liane Hornsey and board director Arianna Huffington sought to play down the charges.

“There were some bad apples, unquestionably, but this is not a systemic problem,” Huffington was quoted as saying in a CNN interview in March.

Hornsey told USA Today that employees did not raise sexual harassment over the course of hundreds of listening sessions.

On Monday Uber announced it has hired Harvard Business School professor and management expert Frances Frei as senior vice president of leadership and strategy to help improve workplace processes.

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

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