Uber’s global HR head resigns

Uber’s Chief People Officer, Liane Hornsey, stepped down from her role on Tuesday.

Liane Hornsey, who has been Uber’s Chief People Officer for the last 18 months, resigned from her position with the US tech company.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the departure to employees via a company-wide email, saying, “She’s been a valuable member of my leadership team and I wish her nothing but the best.”

Shortly after Hornsey started at the company in January 2017, Susan Fowler published blogpost chronicling the sexual harassment she faced during her time with the company – thus kicking off a year of scandals and accusations against the ride-hailing giant.

Hornsey’s departure follows a probe into accusations by an anonymous whistle-blower.

In the allegations, Hornsey is described as having used discriminatory and derogatory language about Bernard Coleman, who is Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion. Hornsey is also said to have pushed out Bozoma Saint John just one year after the latter joined the company as its chief brand officer.

The anonymous employees also claim that complaints left with Uber’s anonymous hotline were frequently dismissed or unresolved.

A law firm was brought in to investigate the claims, and according to Reuters, “some of these allegations were substantiated”.

However, according to a report by Bloomberg, the complainant was told that they would not be privy to the firm’s findings.

Uber did tell Reuters that "We are confident that the investigation was conducted in an unbiased, thorough and credible manner, and that the conclusions of the investigation were addressed appropriately.”

 

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