A top engineering executive at Uber is gone just five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report, the man failed to disclose that he’d left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.
The man denied the allegation and said he left Google a year ago for his own reasons.
This is just the latest turmoil at Uber. Last week, Uber found itself wrapped up in an unrelated sexual harassment catastrophe that stemmed from a detailed essay published by a former female Uber engineer, who charged that her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about sexual advances from her boss. In the post about her year at Uber, the woman said that the company’s human resources department ignored her complaints because her boss was a high performer.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has called for an independent investigation of those issues, and the company has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to help.
The hashtag #DeleteUber is making a comeback with this news.
Sexual harassment is something that no employee should ever have to tolerate at their place of work. When harassment happens on the job, it results in a hostile work environment. When someone must perform job duties in a hostile workplace, they may suffer from mental anguish and/or not be able to complete their work tasks. If their productivity drops, they could lose their job.