Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it fired 20 employees and was improving management training following an investigation by a law firm into sexual harassment. The report includes allegations from current and former Uber employees about sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other inappropriate behavior, the Journal reported.
According to sources speaking with the New York Times, the question of whether Kalanick should take a leave of absense rests in the hands of Garrett Camp, Uber's chairman, and board member Ryan Graves.
The company also plans to appoint Wan Ling Martello, an executive vice president at Nestle SA, to the board, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Now, the board of directors has to make a decision on how to responsibly manage the structure of a company that's privately valued at nearly $70 billion. His absence at this point in the Uber investigation leaves company leadership in a tenuous position - particularly amidst claims of his involvement in the company's systematic issues with inequality and harassment.More news: North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier
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It isn't clear what the details of Holder's report will contain or what actions the Uber board might take today, but the moment is shaping up as a critical one for Uber's future. Emil Michael, the company's senior vice president and Kalanick's right-hand man, has left the company, the source added.
The company's board on Sunday voted unanimously to adopt all recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a representative for the board said. Michael's departure was reportedly one of the recommendations made in that probe. Uber set up a hotline for complaints after that and hired the law firm of Perkins Coie to investigate.
More over in the previous year or so, Mr Kalanick has earned a status as an uncompromising leader and was condemned heavily after being caught on video berating an Uber driver. An Uber spokesman declined to comment.
The company also ousted Eric Alexander, who headed Asia-Pacific operations, after reports said he read and discussed medical information about a woman raped in India in 2014 during an Uber ride.