A member of Uber's board has resigned after making what he calls an "inappropriate" comment about women during a company meeting. The meeting was reportedly about tackling sexism. According to the Washington Post, David Bonderman, a billionaire businessman, resigned on Tuesday from the ride-sharing board.
The comment took place while media maven Ariana Huffington was talking about the need for more women on the Uber board. “There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” she said, according to eyewitnesses. “Actually,” Bonderman interrupted, “what it shows is, it’s much likely there'll be more talking.”
Apparently, awkward laughs followed and Huffington tried to make the best of it. “Oh, come on, David,” she said and then said to the crowd, “Don't worry, David will have a lot of talking to do, as well.”
Bonderman sent an email afterwards to the company to apologize for his "inappropriate" remark and stated, “I want to apologize to my fellow board member for a disrespectful comment."
According to Business Insider, his resignation is effective as of this morning.
Uber has faced ongoing issues in its treatment of female employees. Just yesterday, C.E.O. Travis Kalanick stepped down from his post for a leave of absence. The company has been investigating sexual harassment and sexism within its ranks with the help of former Attorney General Eric Holder following a viral blog from a former engineer. Last week, 20 employees were fired.
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