Uber extends internal inquiry into sexual harassment claims

Uber draws out internal inquiry into sexual harassment claims

Uber has reportedly extended an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment and a wayward workplace culture following the launch of an inquiry into allegations made by a former female engineer.

Uber chief Travis Kalanick recruited former US attorney general Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at the law firm Covington & Burling, to head up an inquiry into practices at the ride hailing service after Susan Fowler's widely read blog post into her own experiences of harassment.

But, the enquiry has been drawn out as Holder hasn’t interviewed key HR execs who might be able to shed light on the matter.

Outlining the current state of play in the investigation in a memo to staff board member Arianna Huffington wrote: “Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán have now asked us for more time to complete their assessment, which includes information received from hundreds of employees through interviews and anonymous online focus groups and reflects the global scale of the company’s operations.

“To ensure that no stone is left unturned, the Board subcommittee has granted that request and we anticipate the report by the end of May.”

Interviews with the key individuals concerned are now expected to take place within a matter of weeks.

Uber has been rocked by a string of executive departures in recent months, most recently Rachel Whetstone who headed up Uber's policy and communications output.

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