Uber is bringing on former U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one The Memo: Democrats may rue pursuit of Bannon Ben Affleck, Tracee Ellis Ross join anti-gerrymandering fundraiser with Clinton, Holder MORE to "conduct an independent review" of sexual harassment claims made by a former employee.
"I believe in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in a memo to the staff obtained by The Hill. ABC News first reported on Holder's hiring.
"What is driving me through all this is a determination that we take what’s happened as an opportunity to heal wounds of the past and set a new standard for justice in the workplace," Kalanick said in the memo.
Uber is hiring Holder and Tammy Albarran, another partner from the law firm Covington & Burling, to spearhead the investigation.
Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, is also taking part in the review.
The announcement comes days after a former Uber reliability engineer, Susan Fowler, wrote a blog post claiming that her complaints about being sexually harassed by one of the managers over online chats went unanswered.
“Upper management told me that he ‘was a high performer’ (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part," Fowler wrote on Sunday.
After reading Fowler's blog, Kalanick denounced the behavior described, calling it "abhorrent" and "against everything we believe in."
"Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired," he added.