Former Google executive Amit Singhal has left his new job at Uber for not disclosing an allegation of sexual harassment at his former employer, a charge he denies.
Uber executives were made aware of the allegation this week by tech news outlet Recode, which said an investigation at Google had found the charges “credible.”
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign Monday because Singhal did not disclose the investigation, a person familiar with the details of Singhal’s departure told USA TODAY. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about it.
In a statement provided to USA TODAY, Singhal denied the allegation of sexual harassment.
“Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior,” Singhal said in a statement provided by a public relations firm. “In my 20-year career, I’ve never been accused of anything like this before and the decision to leave Google was my own.”
Uber declined to comment. Google also declined to comment.
The departure comes as Uber wrestles with charges of discriminatory and sexist behavior at the ride-hailing company.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn