Uber reportedly fires 20 employees as part of sexual harassment probe

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Uber has fired more than 20 employees as part of its investigation into sexual harassment claims at the company, according to Bloomberg. Employees were told at an all-hands meeting at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters about the terminations.

An outside law firm that was retained to investigate claims of sexism and harassment at Uber gave the report today at the meeting, Bloomberg reports. The investigation uncovered over 200 reports of harassment and discrimination, half of which were dismissed with no action taken.

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The company has been operating under a cloud since February, when Susan Fowler, a former engineer, published her account of rampant sexism and harassment. Fowler’s story went viral, and since then other engineers have since corroborated her description of Uber’s toxic workplace. In the weeks that followed, multiple top-level executives have left — either because they were fired or on their own accord.

Uber retained ex-US Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleague Tammy Albarran to investigate its workplace culture. But according to Bloomberg, today’s meeting was focused on the findings of a separate law firm, Perkins Coie LLP, that was hired to look into Fowler’s specific allegations. Holder and Albarran’s full report was delivered to Uber’s board last week, but the release of its findings could be delayed because of the recent death of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mother in a boating accident.

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