Uber Fired 20 People In A Harassment Investigation

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Uber has fired more than 20 employees as part of its investigation into sexual harassment claims at the company, according to Bloomberg.

Newcomer is also reporting that the findings and firings are the results of a different investigation than the Holder one, meaning Uber has been running at least two of these things concurrently...

In the meeting, the company did not name the employees who were fired.

The company has been operating under a cloud since February, when Susan Fowler, a former engineer, published her account of rampant sexism and harassment.

The taxi-app firm has been under fire over its treatment of women in the workplace since earlier this year, when a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience.

She claims her subsequent complaint hurt her career prospects at the company.

In addition to the above, a separate investigation by former United States attorney general Eric Holder is under way. The company also brought on the law firm Perkins Coie to investigate the specific harassment allegations that Fowler raised.

A man exits the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., February 2, 2017.

"Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love", Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement.

Uber also is searching for a chief operating officer and chief financial officer as it prepares for a possible public stock offering.

The company has faced a series of allegations of misconduct this year, including a criminal investigation by the Justice Department for using software to trick regulators and avoid government scrutiny. The firm had investigated 215 human resources-related problems within the company. The results of that investigation were not discussed Monday, nor was Uber board member Arianna Huffington's role in steering Kalanick's leadership following Uber's PR crisis.

The law firm of Perkins Coie investigated Fowler's claims and has made formal recommendations to the company, some or all of which are going to be adopted.

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.