Uber official resigns in wake of racial discrimination probe

Uber official resigns in wake of racial discrimination probe

Uber’s top human resources official resigned Tuesday after an investigation found that she had dismissed allegations of racial discrimination at the company.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Uber’s chief people officer, Liane Hornsey, resigned in an email to employees but did not provide a reason for her departure.

An anonymous group of Uber employees of color told Reuters that Hornsey had used discriminatory terms and that she had made demeaning comments toward Uber’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman and former Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John.

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The employees also said that Hornsey threatened Saint John, who left the company last month.

Investigators from the law firm Gibson Dunn informed some Uber employees in May that some of the claims against Hornsey had been substantiated, according to an email viewed by Reuters.

The employees also told the wire service that complaints left on the company's anonymous tip line were frequently not addressed or dismissed and that racial complaints were largely ignored.

Hornsey did not return Reuters's request for comment.

Uber said in a statement to Reuters that newest allegations had been thoroughly investigated.

“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,” the company said.

Hornsey joined the company in 2017 as Uber faced allegations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. 

She wrote in her departure email that the exit “comes a little out of the blue for some of you, but I have been thinking about this for a while,” according to a copy obtained by the publication.

Uber agreed earlier this year to pay a $10 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging widespread discrimination against women and minority staffers.