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Uber hires ex-US attorney general to probe sexual harassment claims

Published Tue, Feb 21, 2017 · 09:50 PM

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UBER Technologies Inc appointed former US attorney general Eric Holder to lead an independent review into claims of sexual harassment by a former software engineer.

Board member Arianna Huffington, head of human resources Liane Hornsey and the company's associate general counsel Angela Padilla, will also participate in the investigation, Uber chief executive officer Travis Kalanick wrote in a memo to employees on Monday.

In a blog post on Sunday, Susan Fowler said that she was propositioned by her manager and that her reports were ignored by human resources. While the accusation is drawing renewed attention to the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, it's just the latest in a series of accusations by women who say they've been sidelined in the male-dominated industry, especially in engineering roles. Mr Kalanick said that 15 per cent of Uber's technology staff are women. "I believe in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do," Mr Kalanick wrote. "What is driving me through all this is a determination that we take what's happened as an opportunity to heal wounds o…

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