During Meeting On Sexism, Uber Board Member Says Women Talk Too Much

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During Meeting On Sexism, Uber Board Member Says Women Talk Too Much
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14 June, 2017

How we got here: Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti published a blog post detailing sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced during her year at the ride-hailing company.

Board member Arianna Huffington can be heard at 6:40 on an audio recording of the meeting recovered by Yahoo Finance discussing the bonus of adding a woman to the board.

In response, Bonderman said: "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking".

NBC News correspondent Jo Ling Kent reports that Bonderman, a founding partner of private equity firm TPG Capital, later apologized in an email and called his comment "disrespectful" and "inappropriate".

Huffington laughed awkwardly - the rest of the room remained silent - before saying "Ohh come on David".

"I take full responsibility for that", he said. It was inappropriate. I also want to apologize to all the Uber employees who were offended by the remark.

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Huffington said in a statement, "I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company".

His resignation from the board is effective Wednesday morning.

That spurred outrage in the tech world as the incident came hard on the heels of the completion of a law firm's investigation, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, over allegations of a hostile work environment at Uber, including allegations of unchecked sexual harassment and gender bias.

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick just announced that he's taking a leave of absence from the company because he's basically the worst, but his awfulness is far from Uber's only problem.

Bonderman stepped down from Uber's board of directors on Tuesday night, the Times reported. "But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve", Kalanick said in an email addressed to Uber employees.


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