June 25, 2017

Former Uber Employee Says He Was Fired for Reporting Harassment

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In February, a former Uber engineer named Susan Fowler published an essay on her blog, detailing allegations of sexual harassment and sexism at Uber.

Fowler alleged that Uber’s human-resources team systematically had ignored her multiple reports of sexism and sexual harassment during the year she worked for the company. She had been propositioned for sex, she wrote, and when she tried to report the manager who did it, she said she was told Uber wouldn’t take action against him because the company didn’t want to ruin the career of a “high performer.”

Fowler’s manager allegedly later threatened to fire her if she tried to report his boss again.

(“I have just read Susan Fowler’s blog,” Uber C.E.O. Travis Kalanick said in response to the blog post. “What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It’s the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber — and anyone who […]

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