Uber moves to repair tainted image with 20 firings, 1 hiring


More than 20 employees have been fired from Uber as part of an internal investigation, a company spokesperson told CNBC, after a former employee alleged gender bias and sexual harassment within the start-up.

The company broke the news to employees during an all-hands meeting Tuesday in San Francisco, according to an anonymous source who spoke with the New York Times.

The terminations follow an investigation carried out by the law firm Perkins Coie in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer who published a viral account of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Now, it's been revealed that the investigation into her allegations of sexual harassment has led to 20 employees, including some senior executives, being fired.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The law firm Perkins Coie, which was hired to assist former U.S. Atty.

Fifty-seven claims are still be investigated, 31 employees have been given counselling and seven have been given written warnings from Uber. On Tuesday, it said Bozoma Saint John, prominent in some Apple Inc (AAPL.O) product launches, joined the company as chief brand officer.

The taxi-app firm has been under fire over its treatment of women in the workplace since earlier this year, when a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience.

The law firm, Perkins Coie LLP, reviewed a total of 215 complaints and determined that no action was necessary on 100 of those claims.

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"Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love", said Mr Kalanick in a statement.

Fowler also wrote that when she attempted to transfer to another engineering organization within Uber, her request was blocked despite a having a ideal performance score and meeting all the criteria for transferring. It also said it would dramatically increase management training since most Uber managers were first-time bosses.

A separate investigation is also going underway at the same time of this disaster by a former United States attorney general, Eric Holder. Uber board member Arianna Huffington also flew to San Francisco in the days following the publication of Rigetti's blog post to oversee the investigation as the company went into damage control.

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