Uber dismisses over 20 employees after law firm's probe

Uber board member Arianna Huffington also flew to San Francisco in the days following the publication of Rigetti's blog post to oversee the investigation as the company went into damage control.

Uber has faced allegations of misconduct this year, including a criminal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly using software to trick regulators and avoid government scrutiny.

Chief executive Travis Kalanick's filmed argument with an Uber driver over falling rates also fuelled criticism, leading him to say that he needed "leadership help". He later asked Uber's SVP of Engineering, Amit Singhal, to resign after he failed to disclose a sexual harassment claim in his previous tenure at Google.

The firings, the company confirmed Tuesday afternoon, were for sexual harassment, discrimination, unprofessional behavior, retaliation, bullying, and physical safety - most, but not all, in the company's San Francisco headquarters. Uber's former chief autonomous vehicle researcher took confidential documents from Waymo before his startup firm was purchased by Uber, according to a Waymo lawsuit.

She told Business Insider that her role at Uber will be to burnish the company's brand and make it more like Apple's.

"This seems to suggest that they can not simply say it's only a few bad apples here".

A separate investigation is also going underway at the same time of this disaster by a former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.

Uber Technologies Inc. made the announcement to its 12,000 employees on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported citing an anonymous source.

The reports of harassment first surfaced in February this year when ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler alleged that sexual and other kinds of harassment were common in the company.

External lawyers: there are 215 cases of sexual harassment. It was then discovered that at least eight other women experienced similar treatment at Uber.

Some of those fired held senior positions, she said. Perkins Coie's findings will feed into the Holder report.

The company declined to comment further on the move to fire staff.

The firings came after an independent law firm completed an investigation into 215 human resources claims, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Of the more than 200 claims, Uber took no action in 100 cases. Another 57 claims remain under review, while 31 employees are in counseling or training. The findings of that investigation have not yet been made public.

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