In Focus: Sweeping Changes Ahead for Uber After Harassment Investigation

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek June 12, 2017
In Focus: Sweeping Changes Ahead for Uber After Harassment Investigation

Findings from an independent investigation by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder into allegations of sexual harassment of female employees at Uber Technologies—the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company—are expected to be released Tuesday, according to news reports.

Holder's investigation is separate from the Perkins Coie investigation that resulted in the firing of 20 employees last week, including some senior executives, around alleged misconduct that ranged from sexual harassment to unprofessional behavior. A subcommittee of Uber's board of directors dealing with the issue reviewed Holder's recommendations last week but an executive summary that was to be shared with employees and the public on June 6 was delayed.

Uber Board Adopts All Recommendations from Eric Holder Investigation 

The company's board, at a meeting on Sunday, adopted a series of recommendations from former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder following a sprawling, multi-month investigation into Uber's cultures and practices.

Uber Weighs Leave of Absence for Chief Executive

The internal drama at Uber has gripped the broader technology industry, as the ride-hailing company has come to symbolize how start-up culture can go awry. Yet even in Silicon Valley, where propriety can take a back seat to profits, the claims about Uber's corporate culture have been startling, including widespread sexual harassment and the mishandling of the medical records of a woman raped by an Uber driver. 
(New York Times)

How Will Uber's Investigation Affect the Company's Future?

The company has faced discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment allegations. CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson joins "CBS This Morning" from San Francisco to discuss the investigation into Uber's culture which is expected to be released Tuesday.
The biggest news, she reported, is that the board "unanimously agreed" to the report's recommendations, which affect three main categories: HR, governance and culture. Additionally, reports that the CEO, who buried his mother on Friday following a horrific boating accident, will take a leave of absence "could be really, really problematic." It would come at a time when the company has a host of open senior-level jobs—chief financial officer, chief operations officer, chief marketing officer, senior vice president of engineers and the general counsel. 
(CBS News)

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Uber's Biggest Employee Problems Are Pay and Pride, Not Sexism, Says HR Boss

After nearly five months of digging into Uber's internal culture, its new chief human resources officer says the ride-hailing company's treatment of women — which gave it a public black eye after charges of persistent sexism and discrimination were detailed by a former employee — is no worse at Uber than at other companies. 
(USA Today)

Uber Releases Diversity Report and Repudiates Its 'Hard-Charging Attitude'

After a string of scandals this year, Uber started an internal investigation into workplace practices, issued apologies for some of its behavior, and has had several female executives and a board member speak up on its behalf. Fixing Uber's culture and image has become a top priority for the privately held company, which is valued at nearly $70 billion.
On March 28, the ride-hailing company released its first report detailing the composition of its work force, and forcefully repudiated its past, saying that its intense, masculine culture went too far.
(New York Times)

From #deleteUber to 'Hell': A Short History of Uber's Recent Struggles

Uber has not had a great start to the year. The ride-hailing company has been reeling from a public battering over claims of willful discrimination, allegations of intellectual-property theft and the departure of several executives. The controversies have resurfaced a debate over Uber's hard-charging internal culture and the consequences of its win-at-any-cost attitude to business and regulation. Here's a brief history of its struggles in 2017. 
(Washington Post)

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