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22 Jun 2017

Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian (UK)

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after after internal inquiry finds widespread sexual harassment, gender discrimination

"Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns following months of chaos", 21 June 2017

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has resigned from his position as chief executive of the $68bn ride-hailing app following a tumultuous six months of scandal. Kalanick stepped down in the face of pressure from five of Uber’s largest investors... amid efforts to bring about wholesale change of Uber’s corporate culture... 57 complaints remain under investigation by Holder’s law firm, Perkins Coie... Uber commissioned the inquiry and report following the publication of a blogpost by the former engineer Susan Fowler, who described her experience of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the company... In February, Fowler’s blogpost paved the way for dozens of reports on a seemingly toxic workplace, and a non-stop drip of revelations including a trip by executives to a South Korean escort bar, an internal “sex memo”, and the alleged mishandling of a rape victim’s medical records by executives who sought to discredit her story.