#Uber is taking steps to correct what the company calls “deep-seated management issues” which includes sexual assault and discrimination. As many as 215 staff complaints dating back to 2012 have new reviewed and according to Reuters, Uber said, “54 were related to discrimination, 47 related to sexual harassment, 45 to unprofessional behavior, 33 to bullying and 36 to other types of claims.” Many of the claims came from the San Francisco headquarters.
Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler accused her supervisor of sexual assault back in February and claims that Human Resources ignored her. Other employees reported systemic problems within the company. The New York Times reports that the behavioral issues of employees with higher work performance and growth were often overlooked.
Thankfully after hearing of Fowler’s claims, Uber hired former Attorney General #EricHolder and his law firm, Covington & Burling, to look into the aforementioned claims. His report has been sent to Uber’s board but the details have not yet been disclosed.
This entire investigation stems from an independent investigation launched by Perkins Coie who was originally hired by Uber to look into specific allegations. Upon consulting with Uber, they acting on the firm’s suggestions which led to the firing of the employees and the investigation by Covington & Burling.
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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-sexual-harassment-idUSKBN18X2GZ, https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/uber-fired.html