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Uber fires at least 20 employees amid 215 sexual harassment claims

Uber fires at least 20 employees amid 215 sexual harassment claims

The American taxi app firm looked into 215 complaints relating to sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and other violations of company policies.

In the post, Fowler, a site-reliability engineer, detailed a horrifying year in which her sexual harassment claims were ignored by Uber's human resources department.

In total, 215 claims were investigated by Perkins Coie, with 100 resulting in no action, Uber confirmed.

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As per a report from Bloomberg, at least 20 employees have been found at fault in these investigations and have been shown the door.

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

The Covington & Burling report was presented to Uber's board members last week. Uber and Perkins Coie did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick launched an internal investigation into the company's workplace. "It shows me that Uber is trying to make good on its promises from earlier in the year", CNET Reporter Dara Kerr said. A source who chose not to be identified by Bloomberg told the outlet of the investigation findings, saying that Perkins Coie LLP gave the company the results.

During Uber's ascent to becoming the world's most valuable startup, the San Francisco-based company took Silicon Valley's penchant for sexism, for cutthroat, unapologetic competition and distaste for government regulation and kicked it up several notches. She also wrote about what other female employees told her during her time working at Uber.

But the sexual-harassment allegations have caused some of the largest damage inside and outside the company. The move comes in the wake of a slew of executive departures at Uber, including its president, heads of finance and product and many high-level engineers. Frei, who worked on gender-equity issues at Harvard Business School, will be tasked with everything from turning around Uber's culture to recruitment and management training. After conducting "listening sessions" with employees, human resources chief Liane Hornsey and board director Arianna Huffington sought to play down the charges.

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