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Harassment

Co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned from Uber in June 2017 amid heavy pressure following reports about a cutthroat workplace culture, harassment and other ills.

His exit followed a probe led by former US attorney general Eric Holder, who investigated allegations of misconduct and ethical lapses at the company.

Uber fired 20 people following the probe, which examined 215 claims of discrimination, harassment, unprofessional behaviour, bullying, retaliation and “physical security”.

Also that month a woman raped by an Uber driver in India filed a lawsuit accusing Uber of invading her privacy and defamation.

In May 2018 Ingrid Avendano, who worked at Uber from 2014 to 2017, filed a lawsuit in a California top court.

The lawsuit contended Uber’s work culture was “permeated with degrading, marginalising, discriminatory, and sexually harassing conduct towards women” and that this was perpetuated and condoned by managers.

Avendano’s lawyers stated she raised concerns but “was met with Uber’s entrenched disregard for the rights of its women employees and a refusal to take effective steps to prevent harassment.”

(Photograph:AFP)





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