Cab company has approved recommendations to fight sexual harassment in firm, which some say is caused by the chief executives management style
The future of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is hanging in the balance after the embattled cab companys board voted to adopt a portfolio of recommendations to fight sexual harassment in the firm.
Uber said its board had unanimously approved recommendations which stem from a report prepared by former US attorney general Eric Holder after a sprawling, multi-month investigation into Ubers cultures and practices but declined to reveal what they were until after Uber employees have been told on Tuesday.
One of the first recommendations acted upon was the departure of Emil Michael, vice-president and Kalanicks deputy. It is not clear whether he resigned or was terminated.
Uber has a long way to go to achieve all that it can and I am looking forward to seeing what you can accomplish in the years ahead, said Michael in an email announcing his departure to staff on Monday.
Michael was a close friend and ally to Kalanick and his departure, which comes in the wake of a series of high-profile executives leaving Uber, is a major blow to the CEO as he fights to maintain control of his company.
One move believed to have been under consideration is whether to require a leave of absence for Kalanick, whose aggressive management style has been cited by many as the root cause of the companys troubles.
In just a few months, Uber always a controversial company, due to its hostile approach to governmental regulations around taxi businesses and labour laws has reached new scales of crisis, sparked by a tell-all blogpost from former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. She wrote that she had been propositioned by her boss in a series of messages on her first day of work and that superiors ignored her complaints.
In an internal investigation launched following Fowlers post, separate from the external one led by Holder, Uber set up a hotline for complaints: more than 200 were registered, leading to more than 20 employees being terminated. Those terminations came just three weeks after Ubers head of Human Resources, Liane Hornsey, had told USA today that sexual harassment didnt come up as an issue.