Uber employees received email from CEO Travis Kalanick updating them on the proceedings of the sexual harassment accusations that hit the company at the start of the week. The email also noted that Kalanick had hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran to look into the allegations.
“The two will conduct an independent review into the specific issues relating to the work place environment raised by Susan Fowler, as well as diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly. Joining them will be Arianna Huffington, who sits on Uber’s board, Liane Hornsey, our recently hired Chief Human Resources Officer, and Angela Padilla, our Associate General Counsel,” read a section of the email as reported by CNN.
Uber was hit by allegations of sexual harassment by former employee, Susan Fowler, who posted the allegations on her personal blog.
According to the post that went viral within 24 hours, Ms Flower was constantly sexually harassed by her manager when she joined the firm as a site reliability engineer.
Kalanick has confirmed that urgent investigation has been opened to shade more light on the matter.
The CEO also informed employees that he would publish a more diverse report over the matter. Uber has always been under strict scrutiny after having decided to hide information regarding the diversity of its employees.
According to the giant tech company, it has 15.1% female employees working in its technology teams. Google’s technology workforce is made up of 18% women.
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What did Flower Write?
In her concerns, Ms Flower said that a repeat offender was continuously protected by the firm and that no one was allowed to speak out.
Flower worked with Uber from November 2015 to December 2016. She outlined the allegations via her blog in which she claimed that the first time she joined, the manager proposed to her for sex. One director also explained that the decline in women at Uber was attributed to the female gender not being “better engineers.”
Uber boss Travis Kalanick said in a statement that “What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in.” He added that whoever thinks such a behavior is tolerable will definitely be fired.
As Flower explains, the manger used her first official day at work to explain that he is in an open relationship and that he is having a difficulty finding new partners. She says that he sent him a series of messages via the company’s chat.
“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,” she says pointing out that she immediately screenshot the messages and forwarded to the HR.
She had expected the company to act but instead, it resisted her push for justice. The upper management told her that even though this evidently emerges as a sexual harassment case, it was the first time the man had been caught in such circumstances and they wouldn’t be comfortable acting past just a stern warning.