Uber fires 20 employees following harassment probe

Uber fires 20 chauvinist pigs following sexism investigation

According to the source, employees were told at a staff meeting Tuesday that 215 harassment claims had been investigated. Another 31 employees are in training and 7 have been issued final warnings. It has become the poster child for that in tech since explosive revelations about pervasive sexism, sexual harassment and generally terrible management were published in a blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler. The company didn't name the employees who were fired.

Susan Fowler, who wrote the critical blog post about Uber, said the company had ignored her complaints of sexual harassment.

The blog painted a picture of an unprofessional company, which was widely shared and prompted chief executive Travis Kalanick to launch the probe.

Following Fowler's blog, Uber hired former USA attorney general Eric Holder to investigate its handling of sexual harassment allegations, according to the New York Times. The information began leaking on Twitter earlier in the day, and The New York Times has since confirmed the reports with an unnamed employee.

But those chips are still falling, she added, noting that the investigation continues to root out bad behavior at Uber. The company also brought on the law firm Perkins Coie to investigate the specific harassment allegations that Fowler raised.

Uber retained ex-US Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleague Tammy Albarran to investigate its workplace culture.

The ride-hailing company announced the news internally to its 12,000 employees on Tuesday, the latest development in a series of scandals and controversies that have rocked the world's most valuable private tech company.

The firm examined 215 claims at Uber, and took no action in 100 instances, a spokesperson said.

Uber also is searching for a chief operating officer and chief financial officer as it prepares for a possible public stock offering. The company created a hotline where workers could make complaints. The firm recommended the terminations, and Uber followed through on them.

Uber has also hired two women in senior executive roles: Harvard Business School Professor Frances Frei and Bozoma Saint John, Apple's former head of global and consumer marketing for iTunes and Apple Music.

Uber may be the most valuable privately held company in the world, but that doesn't mean it's making money.

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