Uber Fires At Least 20 Amid Investigation Into Workplace Culture | TODAY


HEADQUARTERS IN SAN FRANCISCO.
GOOD MORNING. >>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, MATT
AND SAVANNAH. IT MAY BE THE BIGGEST STORY IN
SILICON VALLEY. TWO INVESTIGATIONS INTO
ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND THE BROADER CULTURE INSIDE
UBER. AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
FIRED. AND THIS MAY BE THE TIP OF THE
ICEBERG. THIS MORNING, AT LEAST 20 UBER
EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING SENIOR STAFFERS, FIRED, AFTER 200
CLIMBS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BULLYING AND INAPPROPRIATE
BEHAVIOR INSIDE THE COMPANY. ALL THIS SPARKED BY FORMER
ENGINEER, SUSAN FOWLER, WHO HAD UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCES FROM ON
A A SUPERVISOR. IT WAS NOT ONLY SWEPT UNDER THE
RUG, SHE WAS TOLD HER BOSS WAS A HIGH-PERFORMER WHO MANAGEMENT
WOULDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE PUNISHING.
THEY LAUNCHED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION, SAYING ANYONE WHO
BEHAVES THIS WAY OR THINKS IT’S OKAY, WILL BE FIRED.
THEY ALSO BROUGHT IN ERIC HOLDER TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY AT THE
COMPANY. HIS FINDINGS TO BE PUBLICLY
ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK. IT COMES AMID A PERSONAL AND
PROFESSIONAL CRISIS FOR THE CEO. HIS MOTHER WAS KILLED IN A
BOATING ACCIDENT, AND HIS FATHER INJURED.
HIS COMPANY IS N THE CROSSHAIRS, IN THE GROPE CULTURE AND
BUSINESS TACTICS. >>HE WAS THE CEO THAT PRESIDED
OVER THIS MEASURE AND HE HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
>>Reporter: ADDING TO THE PROBLEMS, A CAUGHT-ON-CAMERA
CONFRONTATION BETWEEN HIM AND AN UBER DRIVER.
>>YOU BLAME EVERYTHING ON LIFE ON SOMEBODY ELSE.
>>Reporter: AN E-MAIL TO STAFF, HE APOLOGIZED TO THE DRIVER AND
THE COMPANY. WRITING, TO SAY THAT I’M ASHAMED
IS AN EXTREME UNDERSTATEMENT. IT’S CLEAR THIS VIDEO IS A
REFLECTION OF ME. AND THE CRITICISM WE’VE RECEIVED
IS A STARK REMINDER THAT I MUST CHANGE AS A LEADER AND FWROU UP.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE BEEN WILLING TO ADMIT THAT I NEED
LEADERSHIP HELP AND I INTEND TO GET IT.
NOW, ALL OF THIS DRAMA DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE HURTING THE OVERALL
BUSINESS AT UBER. UBER SAYS ITS RIDES A