Uber Board of Directors to Consider Management Changes

FILE – This Wednesday, March 1, 2017, file photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber must get rid of leaders who tolerate bad behavior and hire people who don’t, including up to the chief executive, experts say, as the ride-hailing company gets ready to announce significant changes to its culture and management. Uber’s board has adopted the recommendations of former Attorney General Eric Holder, who investigated its toxic culture of harassment and bullying. Those will be revealed to employees and made public on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

The Uber Technologies board of directors is scheduled to meet Sunday and could consider management changes for the online car-hailing company, according to media reports.

Board members will consider recommendations, including calls for firing some top managers, based on results of an investigation that examined the San Francisco-based company’s culture, technology news site Recode reported late Saturday.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board convenes, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. Emil Michael, the company’s business chief and a close ally of Kalanick, is expected to resign as early as Monday, the Journal also reported.

Uber representatives did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The investigation, launched in February, was begun in response to a sexual harassment claim by a female engineer and other issues involving Uber’s operations.

The engineer, former Uber employee Susan Fowler Rigetti described systematic sexual harassment in which she and female co-workers at the company were openly propositioned for sex and other “inappropriate behavior” by a supervisor. The manager wasn’t punished because Uber superiors rated him as a “high performer” and concluded the reported episode was his “first offense,” Fowler said.

Kalanick condemned the behavior and said he had been unaware of it.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Kevin McCoy