Heads are starting to roll at Uber following thecompanyâ€™s internal investigation into hundreds of claims regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace transgressions. The ride-sharing company has fired at least 20 people, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
Perkins Coie LLP, the legal firm hired to conduct the investigation, handed out recommendations to Uber executives regarding the 215 human resource claims submitted for review.
No action was taken on 100 of those claims, while 57 are still being investigated. In addition to the firings, 31 Uber employees are in counseling or training, and seven have gotten written warnings.
The dismissals follow revelations from former engineer Susan Fowler, who published a story in February detailing her experiences with unchecked harassment at the company. CEO Travis Kalanick then fired engineering VP Amit Singhal for his history of sexual harassment allegations. Following Fowlerâ€™s blog post, Kalanick pushed forward with an investigation and vowed to root out injustice.
â€śIt is my number one priority that we come through this a better organization, where we live our values and fight for and support those who experience injustice,â€ť he said in a memo to employees in February.
The company has since suffered several public relations disasters, including a messy lawsuit with Google over their rivaling self-driving car programs, video of Kalanick berating an Uber driver, his former girlfriend seemingly confirming the companyâ€™s sexist culture, losing its communications and policy head, the suicide of one its black engineers after just months on the job, and activating (and then removing) surge pricing following the London attacks in June. Uber also kicked off the year with driver protests and the loss of more than 200,000 customers in response to the companyâ€™s initial tepid stance on the Trump administrationâ€™s travel ban targeting predominantly Muslim countries.
More recently though, Uber has made some dynamic hires that could help the companyâ€™s persistent diversity problem. In January, Uber hired Bernard Coleman as the companyâ€™s global diversity and inclusion head.
Coleman, who oversaw the companyâ€™s release of its first diversity report in March, said the report was â€śthe first step of manyâ€ť to help improve workplace culture. â€śIâ€™m kind of excited to see some progress,â€ť he said at TechCrunchâ€™s diversity and inclusion event in San Francisco Tuesday. â€śI want to make Uber a better and better place to work.â€ť
As of this week, Uber also hired Harvard Business Schoolâ€™s Frances Frei will join the company as its first senior vice president of leadership and strategy, Recode reported. The academic and prominent business management expert will occupy a broad role that covers training managers, executives, recruiting, and overall coordination with Uberâ€™s human resources department leads. Uber has also reportedly hired Bozoma Saint John, Apple Musicâ€™s head of global marketing.
This article was originallyÂ published at ThinkProgress on June 6, 2017. Reprinted with permission.Â
About the Author: Lauren Williams is the tech reporter for ThinkProgress. She writes about the intersection of technology, culture, civil liberties, and policy. In her past lives, Lauren wrote about health care, crime, and dabbled in politics. She is a native Washingtonian with a masterâ€™s in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelorâ€™s of science in dietetics from the University of Delaware.