Uber Fires 20 Employees Following Harassment Investigation

215 complaints made against Uber

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

After an independent investigation into its corporate sexual harassment claims, Uber has fired 20 employees.

The company launched two separate investigations back in February.  The law firm Covington & Burling, which was once led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, examined Uber's workplace practices, and the firm Perkins Coie looked into allegations of harassment.

Following their inquiry, Perkins Coie said it received 215 complaints and took action in 100 instances.  Some are still under investigation. 

A source tells the LA Times, that the employees were fired for multiple reasons including sexual harassment, bullying, retaliation and discrimination.  The firings were all a result of the Perkins Coie investigation. 

The ride-sharing app has come under fire for its treatment of female employees. In February, engineer Susan Fowler's story went viral about the company's culture of harassment and Human Resources doing nothing. “I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man’s first offense and that they wouldn’t feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning,” she said.

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick apologized for the behavior in a memo. Female leaders have also spoken publicly about wanting to change the culture following the investigation.


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