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Uber now won’t complete its workplace harassment probe until May

Travis Kalanick

Reuters Staff

Uber has delayed releasing the findings for its internal investigation into sexual harassment until the end of May, according to an internal memo sent by board member Arianna Huffington.

In February, Susan Fowler, a female former engineer at Uber, said in a widely read blog post that managers and human resources officers at the company had not punished her manager after she reported his unwanted sexual advances, and even threatened her with a poor performance review.

Huffington sent the memo to employees on Thursday, and said the board subcomittee had granted a request for more time to complete the assessment and the investigation is being extended to “ensure that no stone is left unturned”.

The memo states that the internal report is anticipated by the end of May. Huffington had originally said the investigation would be complete by the end of April.

The ride-hailing firm hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington & Burling, to conduct a review of the claims as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion.

According to Recode, Holder has not had the opportunity to interview several key figures in the investigation, including top human resources executives. He plans to do so in the coming weeks.

Chief executive Travis Kalanick called the allegations by Fowler “abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in.”

The company under wider reputational pressure. A list of high-level executives has quit the firm over the last few months, and a video of Kalanick berating an Uber driver leaked in February.

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