To quickly recap: In February, engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post chronicling pervasive sexual harassment at Uber. Her allegations were followed by posts from female employees who said they experienced the same disturbing treatment.
Uber responded immediately by hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of Covington & Burling to conduct an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations. As those investigations proceeded, another law firm—Perkins Coie—dug into the company’s history in its own investigation. The firm’s findings resulted in the firing of 20 Uber employees, including Eric Alexander, its president of Uber’s Asia division, according to a report from Recode.
Now Holder’s investigation is complete, and Uber’s board of directors have been briefed on its findings. Reports say board directors approved all recommendations stemming from the investigation after they met for a six-hour meeting on June 10.
Here’s what we know about the highly anticipated findings of the investigation, and how they will impact the ride-hailing giant.
Emil Michael leaves the company
Uber’s second-in-command and one of CEO Travis Kalanick’s closest confidants has left the company after the board recommended his removal, according to the New York Times. Michael, Uber’s head of business, was involved in two incidents of alleged misbehavior. Those two specific incidents were not disclosed, but he has been the subject of controversy in the past.
In March, Kalanick’s ex-girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth spoke with the Information about a trip she took with Uber executives to an escort bar in South Korea. Holzwarth said she was told by Michael to lie about the outing.
“I just want to make sure that if this story comes out,” that Holzwarth would say they went to karaoke and “had a good time,” Michael said, according to Holzwarth.
Michael was also embroiled in controversy when he suggested it was OK to dig up dirt on journalists who write negative press about Uber.
It’s not clear at this time whether he left the company or was fired.
“I signed on this company nearly four years ago, and it has truly been the experience of a lifetime helping Uber become the fastest growing company of all time—spanning 75 countries with over 14,000 employees,” Michael wrote in an email, according to the New York Times.
Holder report recommends adding independent board members
The Holder report recommended the company add more independent board members, according to Bloomberg sources. Uber is reportedly planning to appoint Wan Ling Martello, an executive vice president at Nestle.
Travis Kalanick faces temporary leave of absence
The beleaguered CEO has been the subject of several controversies over the last few months, some of which are being looked into by Perkins Coie to determine if he helped create a “party” atmosphere at Uber, according to Recode. First was a video of Kalanick belittling his Uber driver. Then there was the testimonial by Kalanick’s ex-girlfriend describing a company trip to an escort bar in South Korea where Uber execs allegedly chose women out of a lineup. The most recent controversy stems from the release of a letter written by Kalanick outlining rules for having sex with other employees at a company party in 2013.
Uber’s board of directors are now trying to determine whether Kalanick should face a leave of absence after weighing the results of Holder’s investigation. We have reached out to Uber.
Uber plans to release the full results of the investigation to its employees on Tuesday. We will update this article as we receive more information.
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