Travis Kalanick, in a company-wide memo leaked to Kara Swisher:
First, Eric Holder, former US Attorney General under President
Obama, and Tammy Albarran — both partners at the leading law firm
Covington & Burling — will conduct an independent review into the
specific issues relating to the work place environment raised by
Susan Fowler, as well as diversity and inclusion at Uber 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 General
Counsel. I expect them to conduct this review in short order.
This is about as vigorous a response to Susan Fowler’s allegations as Kalanick could possibly pursue. Eric Holder isn’t going to sweep anything under the rug.
But I suspect it’s too little, too late. I think Uber’s company culture is toxic, and Holder’s report will prove it. What then?
★ Monday, 20 February 2017