Uber HR Head Resigns After Alleged Discrimination, And Months Of Subtle Change

A man checks his smartphone in front of an illuminated screen bearing the Uber Technologies Inc. logo in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Uber Technologies’ human resources chief has reportedly stepped down amid allegations of racial discrimination in her work, which sought to revamp the troubled company following previous blowouts.

Uber’s head of HR Liane Hornsey has resigned from the company in the wake of a Tuesday report from Reuters that Uber had conducted a previously unreported investigation into accusations from anonymous whistle-blowers that Hornsey “had used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman, and had denigrated and threatened former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John, who left the company in June.”

Within hours of Reuters‘ report, both Hornsey and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged her departure in emails to employees that have since been obtained by Forbes, and offer little detail or context.

Hornsey joined the company shortly before former Uber engineer Susan J. Fowler published an explosive blog post early last year about sexual harassment and sour corporate culture at the company, catalyzing a wave of criticism toward some aspects of how Uber and other tech giants do business. Since then, Hornsey led internal learning and reform efforts at the…

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