Uber fires more than 20 employees after sexual harassment investigation
Uber has made a big move in its stated commitment to improving its workplace culture.
The San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant has fired more than 20 people following a sexual harassment investigation, Bloomberg reported, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
The firings stem from an investigation by Perkins Coie, an international law firm that often works with startups and Fortune 500 companies. The firm had investigated 215 claims of sexual harassment within the company. It took no action on 100 of these cases and decided on more than 20 terminations, according to Bloomberg.
Susan Fowler Rigetti, the former Uber engineer who became a whistleblower on the company’s previously-only-whispered-about sexual harassment problems, tweeted shortly after news of the firings leaked.
Rigetti, who now works at Stripe, called out Uber board member Arianna Huffington and Uber’s Chief of Human Resources Liane Hornsey’s repeated claims against such “systemic” problems of sexual harassment within the company.
Bobbie Wilson, an attorney at the firm, had presented the general claims Tuesday, when Uber holds its weekly all-hands meetings, Bloomberg reported.
This is only the first report of what could be more bad news to come. Former attorney general Eric Holder is leading a separate investigation into the company whose results have yet to be publicly released.