Uber fires more than 20 employees - including senior employees - after internal investigation

Uber just fired 20 employees for harassment, bullying, discrimination and more

Uber fires more than 20 employees following harassment investigation

Uber fired more than 20 people after a companywide investigation into harassment claims led by Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.

Uber also tapped Eric Holder, who served as attorney general under former USA president Barack Obama, to investigate the company's broader culture.

An Uber spokeswoman says the firm Perkins Coie was hired after former engineer Susan Fowler posted a blog in February about sex harassment at the ride-hailing company. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked for the resignation of Amit Singhal, his new head of software engineering, after the company learned of a sexual harassment claim against him at his former employer, Google.

A source told the Los Angeles Times that the firings came after the results from the investigation done by Perkins Coie. Fowler said the inappropriate culture was stoked - and even fostered - by those at the top of the company. Uber was rocked by the allegations in February.

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Taken together, the probes have tarnished the image of one of Silicon Valley's most aggressive and widely emulated companies and its chief executive, Travis Kalanick.

Uber said the complaints going back as far as 2012, and it had so far taken action in 58 cases, and no action on 100 more. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The terminations were announced by the company to employees during a meeting at its San Francisco headquarters Tuesday, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing a current employee.

Uber even told its employees that it would expand its employee relations unit to investigate claims better.

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Officials told KTVU that the majority of the 215 complaints were lodged by workers in the company's San Francisco office but reports were also filed from company's other offices as well.

The move to fire employees comes after a series of events this year that have raised questions about Uber's business model and leadership.

The reports were given to independent board member Arianna Huffington, to HR managers or via a hotline set up by Uber. She wrote of a history of discrimination and sexual harassment by her managers which she was said was shrugged off by Uber's human resources department.

Further, Uber was caught using technology to avoid regular crackdowns, and is facing a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc's subsidiary, Waymo, which alleges trade secret theft. Last week the company revealed that its chief financial officer Gautam Gupta was also leaving.

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