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Uber Hires Eric Holder to Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 2016. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 06:19 PM

Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder has been hired by ride-sharing giant, Uber, to investigate sexual harassment and discrimination claims made in a blog post by a former female employee.

Chief executive Travis Kalanick wrote a memo to employees Monday saying that the investigation will proceed quickly and that it would involve Huffington Post founder and Uber board member Ariana Huffington and Liane Hornsey, Uber’s new human resources chief, The Washington Post reported.

Susan Fowler Rigetti wrote on her blog that she worked as a site reliability engineer at Uber for 13 months in 2015 and 2016, leaving in December to join Stripe. She called her time at Uber “strange” and “slightly horrifying,” describing messages her manager sent about being in an open relationship and making advances on her.

She says that she reported the manager to human resources and was advised that it was his first offense and that she should find another team. She later found out that other women had complained about the manager previously, she said.

Rigetti described the atmosphere at Uber as “chaotic” and reported doing some good work with other good engineers in spite of the chaos and constant infighting and management changes.

Rigetti stated in the blog that the manager she reported “eventually ‘left’ the company.” She also reported that “sexist” emails and messages continued to be sent by other employees, and that many women left the company because of the treatment they received.

Kalanick tweeted on Sunday that the behaviors described in the blog post were “abhorrent and against everything we believe in,” stating that “anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”

 

 

Rigetti stated in the blog that the manager she reported “eventually ‘left’ the company.” She also reported that “sexist” emails and messages continued to be sent, and that many women left the company because of the treatment they received.

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