DOJ investigating Uber for possible violation of foreign bribery law

DOJ investigating Uber for possible violation of foreign bribery law

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether managers at the ride-hailing app Uber illegally bribed foreign officials to do business in their country, according to a Tuesday report.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ is investigating whether managers at the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials to get or maintain business in a foreign country. According to the Journal, it was unclear whether the investigation involved one or multiple foreign countries.

The probe is reportedly in the preliminary stages, and could be expanded into a full-blown investigation based on the Justice Department's findings.

News of the investigation comes just one day after the company announced that Expedia chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi would be joining Uber as the company's new CEO.

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The company is still recovering from a damaging sexual harassment scandal that saw more than 20 employees fired in June after more than 200 cases of sexual harassment were reported.

The Justice Department told the Journal in a statement that it would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

“As a matter of policy, the department generally neither confirms nor denies the existence of an investigation,” a DOJ spokeswoman said Tuesday.

A request for comment to Uber's press contact was not immediately answered.