Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent a memo to employees nowadays following allegations of sexual harassment from former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. In the memo, obtained by TechCrunch, Kalanick said the organization has tapped former US Lawyer General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at law firm Covington & Burling, to independently investigate the workplace troubles Fowler spoke about in her blog post.
As Uber board member Arianna Huffington tweeted final night, she will take element in the overview, along with Uber’s chief human sources officer Liane Hornsey and the company’s associate general counsel Angela Padilla.
In the memo, Kalanick also said that Uber would ultimately release its own diversity report, which comes after Rev. Jesse Jackson named for Uber to release a single. As a teaser, he noted that across Uber’s engineering, item management and scientist roles, 15.1 % of the personnel are ladies and that “has not changed substantively in the last year.”
He went on to say that he believes in generating a workplace where “a deep sense of justice underpins everything” Uber does.
“Every Uber employee need to be proud of the culture we have and what we will build collectively over time,” Kalanick wrote. “What is driving me via all this is a determination that we take what’s occurred as an chance to heal wounds of the previous and set a new standard for justice in the workplace. It is my number one particular priority that we come through this a better organization, where we live our values and fight for and assistance those who knowledge injustice.”
Here’s the complete memo:
It’s been a challenging 24 hours. I know the business is hurting, and comprehend everybody has been waiting for more information on exactly where things stand and what actions we are going to take.
Initial, Eric Holder, former US Attorney Common under President Obama, and Tammy Albarran — both partners at the major law firm Covington & Burling — will conduct an independent evaluation into the specific issues relating to the work place atmosphere raised by Susan Fowler, as effectively as diversity and inclusion at Uber a lot more broadly. Joining them will be Arianna Huffington, who sits on Uber’s board, Liane Hornsey, our recently hired Chief Human Resources Officer, and Angela Padilla, our Associate Basic Counsel. I expect them to conduct this assessment in brief order.
Second, Arianna is flying out to join me and Liane at our all hands meeting tomorrow to go over what’s occurred and subsequent methods. Arianna and Liane will also be carrying out smaller group and one-on-a single listening sessions to get your feedback straight.
Third, there have been numerous queries about the gender diversity of Uber’s technology teams. If you appear across our engineering, item management, and scientist roles, 15.1% of employees are women and this has not changed substantively in the final year. As points of reference, Facebook is at 17%, Google at 18% and Twitter is at 10%.* Liane and I will be operating to publish a broader diversity report for the company in the coming months.
I think in generating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do. Every single Uber employee should be proud of the culture we have and what we will develop collectively more than time. What is driving me by means of all this is a determination that we take what’s occurred as an chance to heal wounds of the previous and set a new standard for justice in the workplace. It is my number a single priority that we come through this a greater organization, where we live our values and fight for and help those who knowledge injustice.
*Contrary to Kalanick’s memo, Twitter’s technical team is 15% female, not 10%, and Google’s technical team is 19%, not 18% female.
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