On Tuesday, June 6, Uber Technologies Inc. revealed that it sacked 20 employees as a result of an investigation into sexual harassment claims made against the company. The claims came from employees worldwide, but the majority were raised by employees in San Francisco, where Uber is headquartered.
Uber's San Francisco headquarters earlier this year.
Uber's new HR lead Liane Hornsey has been shaking up HR practices in the lead-up to the release of the report, a source says, adjusting the performance review process and compensation to make them more equitable. "It's not an anomaly", Greg Morton, CEO of Northern California Human Resources Association. Based on Perkins Coie's report, action has been initiated in 58 cases, and further investigations are underway. The now highly-publicized issues of sexism, coverups and mismanagement surrounding it all came into light in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler penned a post about her experience at the company on her blog.
Levandowski, a former Google engineer, left the tech giant to set up his own autonomous trucking company, Otto, which was snapped up by Uber for $680m in 2016.
Uber is expected to soon release an executive summary of a report prepared by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, who along with his law firm Covington & Burling LLP was hired to help investigate Fowler Rigetti's claims and recommend changes.
Most of Uber's managerial staff were first-time bosses, which led to inexperience about how they should conduct themselves professionally.
Fowler's direct manager had already been fired, as well as many others, before the news of today's latest spate of firing revelations and Perkins Coie involvement, which was reported yesterday by Recode.
The Covington & Burling report was presented to Uber's board members last week.
Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has called the allegations by Fowler "abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in".
On Monday the company said it had hired Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei as senior vice president of Leadership and Strategy, reporting to Kalanick. The former employee also claimed that the company had ignored complaints of sexual harassment.