We’ll soon hear the results of a long probe into Uber’s toxic workplace culture, completed by Eric Holder of the firm Covington & Burling; the company’s board of directors accepted all of the recommendations in Holder’s final report by a unanimous vote, but neither the public nor Uber’s employees has yet received details about his findings or advice. Recode reports that workers will be briefed today.
Uber has kept the specifics of the report secret, though The Wall Street Journal writes that it broadly “includes recommendations for new human-resource processes and trainings.”
The company’s Chief Business Officer, Emil Michael, left Uber on Monday in response to the investigation, though it isn’t clear yet whether he resigned or was fired. The board of directors has also discussed whether the controversial CEO Travis Kalanick should take a leave of absence. We don’t yet know whether that will actually happen — perhaps it’ll also be revealed today — but it seems likely in the wake of new reports on Kalanick’s inappropriate behavior and his recent family tragedy.
Uber has had a scandal-ridden year. The company mishandled ride service around New York City protests of President Donald Trump’s immigration order in January, leading to a #DeleteUber movement. In February, a former employee wrote a bombshell blogpost exposing pervasive sexism within the company. Then there was an unfortunate conversation between Kalanick and a driver that was caught on tape; a series of financial lawsuits; a criminal investigation of the company’s “Greyball” tool; and more.
A source told recode that the Holder report is “ugly.” “A story of a workplace gone wrong in a lot of key ways.”
Once Uber’s employees are informed about the details of the investigation, public disclosure is sure to follow soon after. If Uber wants to gain back its tarnished reputation, it had better take drastic steps.