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Uber Releases Scathing Independent Report Documenting Company’s Mistakes

Uber released the results of a three-month independent investigation on Tuesday, pulling back the curtain on a work culture former employees have described as toxic and indifferent to sexual harassment. In a 13-page document, report authors from the law firm Covington & Burling LLP issue recommendations  they categorize into 10 distinct groups, including “changes to senior leadership” and “improvements to human resources and the complaint process.” In its section on senior leadership, the report calls for “reallocating” the responsibilities of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as using regular performance reviews and set metrics to increase the accountability of other senior leaders. Kalanick announced separately on Tuesday that he would  take a leave of absence  from the company to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident late last month.  At the report’s recommendation, an independent board member has also joined Uber’s board to aid with company oversight. One section calls for a “reformulation” of Uber’s cultural values to emphasize inclusivity and positive behaviors like “mutual respect.” These values would ideally replace its current ones ― including “Let Builders Build” and “Always Be Hustlin’” ― which the report concludes have “been used to justify poor behavior.” In addition to such recommendations as having more trainings, improving the human resources and complaint processes, introducing a better system for record-keeping and boosting diversity, the report made clear, actionable suggestions for employee practices. In particular: Prohibiting intimate or otherwise romantic relationships between employees in a chain of command

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Uber Releases Scathing Independent Report Documenting Company’s Mistakes

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