Uber Fires 20 Employees and is working on management improvement

Uber Technologies Inc said it fired 20 employees and was working on improving management training following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations and other claims at the ride-hailing company.

Uber fired staff following a report by law firm Perkins Coie, stating that Uber hired to look into claims of discrimination, harassment, bullying and other employee apprehensions.

The law firm is working with a broader investigation in parallel by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into the details of company culture and practices.

Perkins Coie investigated 215 staff complaints from 2012, said Uber, taking action in 58 cases and no action on more than100. Other investigations are continuing.

Of the 215 claims, Uber informed 54 were related to discrimination, 47 to sexual harassment, 45 to unprofessional behavior, 33 to bullying and 36 to other types of claims. The claims in majority came from Uber’s San Francisco headquarters employees.

The world’s highest-valued company with a value of $68 billion at its last funding round told staff it would expand its employee relations unit to better the investigate claims and would increase management training since most Uber managers were bosses for the first-time, said a person familiar with this matter.

On Monday, Uber said it hired Frances Frei, Harvard Business School professor, to train all managers, reporting to Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick. On Tuesday, it said Bozoma Saint John, renowned in some Apple Inc product launches, joined as chief brand officer in the company.

Uber also said it is providing a confidential helpline for employees to report concerns and there is a system implemented to log and track all complaints.

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