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Uber CEO could have to take a leave of absence

Uber CEO could have to take a leave of absence

Shortly after the blog post went viral, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had announced an internal investigation into these allegations.

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Emil Michael, a senior vice president, is stepping down from the cab-hailing business and a Reuters report suggests Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick is also likely to take a leave of absence. Emil Michael, the company's senior vice president and Kalanick's right-hand man, has left the company, the source added.

The company's board on Sunday had made a decision to rejig its leadership, as it awaits the findings of an internal investigation on Tuesday.

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.

Incidentally, the idea for the time-off was Kalanick's, who proposed it after the accident that took his mother's life. Michael, who joined Uber in 2013 and is said to be a close friend of Kalanick, is no stranger to controversy after comments he made in 2014 about investigating journalists critical of Uber. Earlier this year, Kalanick acknowledged that his style of management had to change, with Kalanick admitting that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up". Apparently, this was the subject of a board of directors meeting last Sunday, which puts the current Uber boss' future in question.

With just seventeen days before ride sharing companies begin to make their trips across upstate NY, one of the big business ventures, Uber, is making changes - and possibly not for the better. In 2014 Michael reportedly suggested at a private dinner in NY that Uber should dig up dirt on journalists that criticize the company, which of course sparked outrage from journalists.

Holder's broad probe into Uber's office culture was launched after public complaints about sexism rocked the company earlier this year. Even the head of its self-driving vehicle operation - an effort seen as Uber's future - was recently fired. Alexander had obtained medical reports of the woman who had been raped during an Uber ride in India.

An Uber insider said the recommendations in Mr Holder's report include introducing more control on spending, human resources and other areas where executives led by Mr Kalanick have had an unusual degree of autonomy for a company of Uber's size.

The company is now without a chief operating officer and chief financial officer.


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