Travis Kalanik, Uber Co-Founder and CEO, has just resigned from his position following numerous Uber scandals in the past six months. Uber had been criticized in the past and is known for its ignorance of regulations, but after a former employee released a blog post in February describing Uber’s workplace involving sexism and sexual harassment, Uber was in big trouble. A former US Attorney was hired to investigate the complaints and the results, which were revealed last Tuesday, strongly advised Kalanick to step down.
Yet, the incident in February was by far not the only complaint Uber had received. In total there were more than 215 company complaints, the majority of which revolved around all sorts of discrimination, sexual harassment, unprofessional behavior and even bullying. Uber’s shareholders were not pleased, to say the least, and ultimately forced him to resign. Over the past few months, at least 20 drivers have been fired and a handful of executives have either resigned or been terminated. Kalanik will nevertheless stay on the board of directors.
Concerning his resignation, Kalanik gave this statement to the New York Times: “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”
Uber now hopes that Kalanik’s resignation will bring a brighter future with it, nonetheless Uber still has yet to face numerous challenges.
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