Uber's board discussing temporary leave for its CEO, Travis Kalanick

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

Accounts of harassment are now being compiled by the former attorney general Eric H Holder Jr, and findings are expected to be released on Tuesday, 13 June.

The board reportedly considered this option during their meeting on Sunday, alongside the recommendations in Holder's report.

The report was prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. As the New York Times reports, Michael announced his departure to all company's employees in an email Monday morning, though it remains unclear whether he resigned or was terminated. A representative for the board told the New York Times Sunday said the directors "unanimously voted" to adopt the recommendations, which will be represented to the company Tuesday.

Co-founder Travis Kalanick may go on temporary leave or cede his position as chief executive while Uber makes changes to its management practices, according to various media reports.

Uber's directors are also reportedly considering the exit of Emil Michael, SVP of Business at Uber. Now, the board of directors has to make a decision on how to responsibly manage the structure of a company that's privately valued at nearly $US70 ($93) billion.

According to the NYT report, if these moves are acted upon, it would scale back Kalanick's involvement in the company and take away his ally in the company that he built into a $70 billion entity.

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In total, 215 claims of harassment were investigated by the legal firm Perkins Coie LLP and, while 100 cases have now been dropped, a further 57 are still under investigation.

Uber has sincefaced other problems, including an intellectual property dispute over self-driving auto technology with Waymo, the self-driving vehicle business that operates under Google's parent company.

Uber board member Arianna Huffington has said Mr Kalanick needed to change his leadership style from that of a "scrappy entrepreneur" to be more like a "leader of a major global company".

More over in the previous year or so, Mr Kalanick has earned a status as an uncompromising leader and was condemned heavily after being caught on video berating an Uber driver.

Michael's departure comes amid an investigation into Uber's work culture, including several scandals in which he was known to have a direct role. Emil Michael, the company's senior vice president and Kalanick's right-hand man, has left the company, the source added.

A blog post by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, published in February, brought attention to the controversial culture allegedly rampant at the company.

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