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Uber's Travis Kalanick may take break from company

Uber's Travis Kalanick may take break from companyā€¯

Following the release to the employees, it is expected that the recommendations of the report will also be made public information one way or another- through the company's official accounts or through the network hat has provided all the leaks so far.

In addition to firing 20 employees, Uber said Tuesday that it was hiring an Apple marketing executive, Bozoma Saint John, to help improve its tarnished brand. The report includes allegations from current and former Uber employees about sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other inappropriate behavior, the Journal reported. The company said in a statement that "the board unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report".

It would also come at a sensitive time to the CEO, Michael's personal friend and the company's co-founder, who likely discussed taking a leave of absence from the company at a private board meeting on Sunday.

Sources told Recode, however, that the WSJ's report was inaccurate, saying instead that Michael was under pressure to resign by Uber, rather than being fired. According to anonymous sources, Alexander believed the claim of rape was part of a plan devised by rival ride-sharing firm Ola, and once he had obtained the medical records of the victim, he shared them with both Travis Kalanick and Uber's SVP of business, Emil Michael. Ever since 2009, Kalanick has worked endlessly to make Uber what it is now, a near $70 billion entity. "I am proud that our group has made so much progress toward these goals and is a leader in the company in many of these categories".

The company has said that all recommendations from Holder's investigation are to be implemented. Uber's general counsel and some board members recommended months ago that Michael step away from the company until Holder's report was complete but he insisted on staying. Kalanick disavowed and publicly criticized the comments.

Michael's departure was reportedly one of the key recommendations from an investigation into Uber's business practices conducted by Eric Holder, the former US Attorney General.

It comes shortly after another law firm, Perkins Coie, submitted a separate report on sexual harassment and other employee concerns at the company. Uber has also spent much of the year responding to other scandals including its secret "Greyball" program for avoiding local regulators, a lawsuit from competitor Waymo and a class action lawsuit that alleges the company shortchanged drivers on ride payments.



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