Uber faces heat as the popular driving app had to let go more than 20 employees Tuesday after an investigation into several sexual harassment claims. Employees were informed at a staff meeting that 215 harassment claims had been further examined.
While sexual harassment claims proved to be what were most widely reported, CNN also noted that the 215 claims investigated for employee termination included incidents of “unprofessional behavior and bullying.”
An Uber spokesperson told Bloomberg that 31 employees are in counseling or training, while seven others have received written warnings from the company. At this time, a list of the dismissed employees has not been revealed, but the newly terminated employees reportedly included a few senior executives.
The investigations stemmed from accusations that Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, made in a long blog post published in February. Fowler decided to reveal her “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story” of her supervisor’s harassment because it needed “to be told.”
“He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn’t help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with,” Fowler wrote. “It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.”.. see more