The chief government of Uber Applied sciences Inc [UBER.UL] has ordered an “pressing investigation” into claims of sexual harassment on the journey-hailing service firm made by a former worker.
Susan Fowler, an engineer who left Uber in December, wrote in a weblog publish that she was subjected to sexual advances via a ‘string of messages’ over the corporate’s chat software program from the start of her employment in late 2015. bit.ly/2kCE416
“What she describes is abhorrent and towards every thing Uber stands for and believes in,” CEO Travis Kalanick stated on the Twitter microblog on Sunday in response to Fowler’s submit. He stated he had instructed the corporate’s new Chief Human Assets Officer Liane Hornsey to conduct an pressing investigation.
Fowler wrote that Human Assets informed her the individual “was a excessive performer” and that administration wouldn’t be snug in “giving him something aside from a warning”.
Arianna Huffington, who joined Uber’s board final yr, stated in a tweet that she would work with Hornsey within the investigation.
Kalanick, in an Uber assertion, stated there isn’t a place for this type of conduct at Uber and that “anybody who behaves this manner or thinks that is OK can be fired”.
The sexual harassment claims are the newest hit to Uber, following the social media campaigns towards Kalanick’s participation in President Trump’s enterprise advisory group. The mounting strain from activists and staff who opposed the federal government’s immigration insurance policies led to Kalanick’s departure from the group.
(Reporting by Vishal Sridhar in BENGALURU; Modifying by Christopher Cushing and Muralikumar Anantharaman)