Uber Set for Changes Over Harassment Issues

Travis Kalanick    
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The allegations and investigations marked just one scandal among many at the $70 billion company.

The records were reportedly seen by both Michael and Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, who is reportedly being considered by the company to step away from his post temporarily as a result of the latest inquiry. The meeting took place over the weekend and saw a host of recommendations put before the board, including the suggestion to remove Emil Michael from the company.

Travis Kalanick of Uber.

Over the weekend it was reported that the board has accept all the recommendations of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was conducting a thorough internal investigation on the matter. Some of the board's directors still support Kalanick's management methods, while others are concerned about how the company was being managed.

What exactly the report contains however, is unclear but won't be for long as TechCrunch reports the recommendations made by Holder will be handed to employees on Tuesday. In recent months, Uber has fired more than 20 employees for violations which included sexual harassment and discrimination. Uber has confirmed this departure to the publication but declined to comment further on it.

According to The Guardian, a spokesperson for Uber said that the company was going to adopt all of Holder's recommendations - to be released to employees today (12 June) - but has remained tight-lipped on Kalanick's future. Last week, the company said it hired Frances Frei, a Harvard Business School professor, as senior vice president for strategy and leadership, and Apple's Bozoma Saint John as chief brand officer.

On the agenda at Sunday's meeting were a possible leave of absence for Kalanick and potentially parting ways with Michael. One hundred cases yielded no action, and 57 were still under review, the company said.

Kalanick himself proposed a leave of absence last month, after the death of his mother and hospitalisation of his father following a boating accident. The investigation determined Uber management had a high tolerance for behavior prejudicial against women, Fortune reported Monday. The executive told Buzzfeed in November that Uber was considering digging into reporters' personal lives and families to stem negative coverage of the company. In the aftermath he said "I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up".

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