The beleaguered ride-hailing company said Tuesday it will implement 47 sweeping recommendations from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whom it hired to investigate allegations of sexism, bullying, retaliation and other workplace issues.
Holder’s report acknowledged the catalyst: a blockbuster blog post from former engineer Susan Fowler in February detailing hostility toward women at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters — and her futile attempts to get managers to respond. Since then, Uber has been mired in other controversies: a trade-secrets lawsuit, a program to evade law enforcement, a video of its CEO berating a driver.
“Uber will change because they can,” said political strategist Bradley Tusk, an early adviser to and investor in the company, adding that it would behoove Uber to release quarterly reports on what steps it takes. “There’s nothing in the recommendations that’s impossible to do. They just have to put in the work.” Photo: Time Magazine That work starts at the top, with CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick yielding some power to whoever takes the new position of chief operating officer. That can’t happen in a substantive way until Kalanick returns from a leave to grieve his late mother and, as he […]