Uber Hiring Eric Holder to Probe Sexual Harassment

Uber Hiring Eric Holder to Probe Sexual Harassment

"Uber has hired former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to help lead an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination that a former female employee made public over the weekend in a highly circulated blog post.

Chief executive Travis Kalanick told employees in a memo Monday that the review will be conducted in “short order” and that it will involve, among others, the participation of Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and an Uber board member, and Liane Hornsey, the company’s recently hired human resources chief.

Susan Fowler Rigetti wrote that during her year working as an engineer at Uber she and other female staffers reported multiple instances of sexual harassment and discrimination to the company’s human resources department.

Rigetti wrote that soon after starting at the company she received messages from a manager stating he was in an “open relationship” and that he made advances toward her. When she reported the incident to human resources, Rigetti wrote, she was told it was the manager’s first offense and she was advised to transfer teams. Rigetti wrote that she later learned other women had also complained about the same manager.”*

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