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Uber’s HR chief resigns after internal investigation

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/07/2018 James Cook
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Uber’s head of human resources has resigned after an internal investigation into how she handled employee complaints about racial discrimination at the ridehailing company.

Anonymous whistleblowers had accused Uber executive Liane Hornsey of dismissing allegations of racial discrimination inside the company. Uber hired law firm Gibson Dunn to investigate the allegations, according to Reuters.

The law firm wrote an email to an Uber employee in May in which it said that its employees had passed on “thoughts regarding several options to address concerns regarding Ms. Hornsey” to Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.

The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc, Dara Khosrowshahi attends a meeting with Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles (not pictured) in Brasilia, Brazil October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Adriano Machado © Getty The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc, Dara Khosrowshahi attends a meeting with Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles (not pictured) in Brasilia, Brazil October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Mr Khosrowshahi announced Hornsey’s departure to employees in an email on Tuesday.

“Liane is incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working,” he wrote. “She’s been a valuable member of my leadership team and I wish her nothing but the best."

Mrs Hornsey previously worked at Uber investor SoftBank as its chief administrative officer and an operating partner, and also at Google.

Hornsey’s departure comes as Uber is seeking to repair its reputation following months of upheaval at the company that lead to the departure of its founder Travis Kalanick.

Mr Khosrowshahi joined Uber in August, two months after Mr Kalanick stepped down from the chief executive role.

Uber controversies timeline

In February 2017, an internal investigation was launched following allegations of sexual harassment by former employee Susan Fowler. Fowler allegedthat she was subjected to sexual advances by fellow employees.

Uber later fired 20 employees following in an investigation into 215 reports of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment. The company also conducted a wider internal inquiry into its workplace culture, led by former US attorney general Eric Holder. 

Uber eventually paid $10m (£7.5m) to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit relating to discrimination against women and minorities inside the company.

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