Uber’s head of human resources has resigned following an internal investigation into how she handled claims of racial discrimination within the company.
Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey announced her departure in an email she sent to employees on Tuesday. An Uber spokesperson confirmed Hornsey’s resignation, first reported by Reuters, along with the investigation of which prompted This specific, yet could not elaborate on the claims against her.
According to Reuters, an anoymous group of employees, all of them people of coloring, alleged of which Hornsey used “discriminatory language” along with made “derogatory comments” about high-level executives at Uber.
“We are confident of which the investigation was conducted in an unbiased, thorough along with credible manner, along with of which the conclusions of the investigation were addressed appropriately,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement to sy88pgw.
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Hornsey, who joined the company in January, 2017, did not address the probe in her email. “By right now you’ll have seen the news of which I’ve decided to leave Uber. I know This specific comes a little out of the blue for some of you, yet I have been thinking about This specific for a while,” she wrote from the email, obtained by sy88pgw.
Hornsey could not be reached for comment.
Her departure comes as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi scrambles to change a corporate culture many have described as toxic. Uber has grappled which has a string of scandals, including widespread allegations of gender along with sexual harassment of which led to co-founder Travis Kalanick’s resignation as CEO in June 2017.
Larry Johnson, an expert on corporate culture, said Hornsey’s departure shows Uber will be still in “hot water.”
“I’m glad to see Uber will be trying to turn things around through the way This specific was last year,” said Johnson, who will be the author of a book about corporate culture along with integrity called “Absolute Honesty.” “If she’s guilty as charged, then of which’s a step from the right direction.”
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Khosrowshahi praised Hornsey in an email he sent to to employees, yet did not mention the investigation or allegations against her.
“Liane will be incredibly talented, creative, along with hard-working. She’s been a valuable member of my leadership team along with I wish her nothing yet the best,” he wrote from the email, obtained by sy88pgw.
Khosrowshahi hailed several of her accomplishments, including releasing Uber’s first diversity report along with hiring a chief diversity along with inclusion officer. She also played a role from the company’s effort to ensure all employees are paid equally based on their location, role, along with tenure at Uber. Such efforts are part of Khosrowshahi’s ongoing campaign to burnish the company’s image, along with the allegations against Hornsey show how big a challenge he faces.
“These are huge issues they’ve been struggling with,” said Cindy Schipani, a professor of business administration along with law at the University of Michigan. “The culture still includes a lot of room for improvement.”
sy88pgw’s Sara Ashley O’Brien contributed to This specific report.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published July 11, 2018: 5:38 PM ET