May 25, 2017

Uber Threatens to Fire Engineer at Center of Waymo Lawsuit



Anthony Levandowski in 2011
By shinnygogo [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Uber Technologies Inc. threatened to fire the man at the center of its legal battle with Alphabet Inc. , telling its top driverless technology engineer to either deny taking files from his former employer or turn them over.

Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo made the demand in a May 15 letter to Anthony Levandowski, citing a court order. Yoo told him that failure to comply with the demand could result in his termination from the company, according to a court filing. The engineer formerly worked at Alphabet’s Waymo unit.

“If you do not agree to comply with all of the requirements set forth herein, or if you fail to comply in a material manner, then Uber will take adverse employment action against you, which may include termination of your employment,” Yoo wrote in the letter.

Levandowski led Uber’s autonomous vehicle program until he was demoted last month. The Alphabet unit claims he downloaded thousands of confidential files before he left the company to launch his own self-driving startup, Otto, that was acquired by Uber for $680 million.Levandowski, who isn’t a defendant in Waymo’s […]

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