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Uber Fires More Than 20 Employees in Harassment Probe

11 Juin 2017

The American taxi app firm looked into 215 complaints relating to sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and other violations of company policies.

The firm's report will factor into to Holder and Albarran's larger investigation into Uber's cultural problems, which will include recommendations for how the ride-hail giant can prevent future cases of harassment and discrimination from occurring.

San Francisco: Uber has fired more than 20 employees after a company investigation into sexual harassment claims and workplace culture, reported United Kingdom daily the Guardian.

Law firm Perkins Coie has so far investigated 215 complaints against Uber's staff. The company took action in 58 cases - with 20 employees being fired, 31 getting counseled and seven being issued written warnings.

In her post, Fowler alleged that she was propositioned for sex on her first day on the job, was repeatedly blocked from advancement, and found Uber's human resources department unwilling to take action on sexual harassment claims she and other female employees filed.

A separate investigation is also going underway at the same time of this disaster by a former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.

2017 has been a bad year for Uber's public image, with near-weekly news reports on the company's litigation and regulation troubles.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick launched an internal investigation into the company's workplace. Sources told ABC7 the employees fired included senior executives who worked out of the ridesharing company's San Francisco offices.

The terminated employees have not been named.

Bobbie Wilson, who led the investigation, said in an interview with Recode, "We were given unfettered access to current and former employee and any documentation".

Fowler said she had been sexually harassed by her manager - and that Uber's human resources team had ignored the incidents when she reported it. Uber has not publicly released the findings of the reports.

Claims will continue to be investigated as they're raised, Uber said, meaning the figures revealed today could increase.

This news come at a time when many high profile executives are leaving Uber. The company has also implemented a system to log and track all employee complaints as well as revised its employee handbook. Apart from these probes, it has also hired Francis Frei, an academic from Harvard Business School, who is a strong proponent of gender issues as its SVP of leadership and strategy.