Uber was rocked on Sunday by a blog post from a former employee alleging she was sexually harassed by a superior during her time at Uber.
On Sunday night, Susan Fowler — who currently works for U.S. online payment company Stripe — shook up Silicon Valley with a blog post alleging she was sexually harassed while working at Uber in 2016. The post is titled: “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber.”
Fowler’s tweet about the post earned over 17,000 retweets:
I wrote something up this weekend about my year at Uber, and why I left: https://t.co/SyREtfLuZH
— Susan Fowler Rigetti (@susanthesquark) February 19, 2017
In her blog post, Fowler alleges a superior asked her about having sex with him. When Fowler brought her complaints to human resources, she claims she was ignored because the superior had high performance reviews.
On Sunday night, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he’s opening an internal investigation into the incident, calling the allegations “abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in.”
Both Jason Calacanis, an investor in Uber, and Ariana Huffington, an Uber board member, voiced their concerns about Fowler’s account via Twitter:
— jason (@Jason) February 20, 2017
Just talked w/ Travis & as a representative of Uber's Board I will work w/Liane to conduct a full independent investigation starting now 1/2
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) February 20, 2017
It’s another concerning episode for Uber in 2017. In January, Kalanick came under fire from employees and customers for serving on President Trump’s economic advisory council. Kalanick quit the council after Trump issued his controversial travel bans.
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