Uber weighs leave of absence for CEO


12 June, 2017

Allegations by current and former employees that Uber's workplace is rife with sexual harassment and sexism led the company to hire former United States attorney general Eric Holder to investigate and produce a report.

The report, conducted by former US attorney general Eric Holder, has already been distributed to the board, Recode reports, and it follows the termination of dozens of Uber employees and the disciplining of others for incidents related to sexual harassment charges in recent months.

After meeting for more than six hours, the board said it voted for Holder's recommendations unanimously but wouldn't make them public until Tuesday.

Amid all the investigations on workplace culture and sexual harassment on Uber, the company board has now been discussing Kalanick's possible three months long leave of absence.

A source briefed on the matter said the board will also possibly discuss Kalanick taking time off from the company.

The allegations and investigations marked just one scandal among many at the $70 billion company. The report was delivered first, early last week, to a subcommittee of the board consisting of Arianna Huffington, Bill Gurley, and David Bonderman, and now has been distributed to the entire board, including Kalanick. Uber executive Eric Alexander was sacked on 7 June for mishandling the medical report of a woman who was raped by an Uber employee in India in 2014.

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Under CEO Kalanick, Uber has shaken up the taxi industry in hundreds of cities and turned the San Francisco-based company into the world's most valuable startup.

Uber has seen several upheavals in the past few months with several top executive employees resigning amidst many controversies.

Uber took a step towards reforming its controversial culture on Sunday.

On Sunday, Uber directors weighed on a three-month leave of absence for Travis Kalanick, the 40-year-old CEO who founded the start-up and have turned it into a almost $70 billion entity, reports The News York Times.

Uber Technologies Inc. has been making headlines as the transportation company looks to address a range of concerns in relation to the company.

Less clear is the fate of Kalanick, who with close allies has voting control of the company. She added that she was committed to getting the number of harassment complaints at Uber down to zero. His absence at this point in the Uber investigation leaves company leadership in a tenuous position - particularly amidst claims of his involvement in the company's systematic issues with inequality and harassment. The recommendations will be released to the employees on Tuesday. While the CEO himself initially told individuals he may need a break following the death of his mother in a boat accident that also sent his father to the hospital, this move could destabilise Uber's leadership hierarchy.

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