One week after an investigation probe led to the firing of roughly 20 Uber employees, the company's chief executive, Travis Kalanick announced on Tuesday that he'll take a leave of absence, according to the New York Times. In an internal email to employees, Kalanick said he would temporarily leave the company and reflect on building a "world class leadership team."
He didn't, however, specify the length of his leave of absence.
Following Kalanick's announcement, Uber released 13 pages of recommendations to change the company, which surfaced from an investigation spearheaded by former attorney general Eric Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling.
Some of the recommendations included reallocating some of Kalanick's job responsibilities and creating an oversight committee to bolster the checks and balances on management.
“We recommend that Uber focus on four prevailing themes with regard to taking the following remedial measures: tone at the top, trust, transformation, and accountability,” the report said.
“Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated,” Liane Hornsey, Uber’s chief of human resources, said in a statement. “While change does not happen overnight, we’re committed to rebuilding trust with our employees, riders and drivers.”
Uber's problems date back to February when a former employee published a blog post exposing what she said was a history of sexual harassment and lack of response from management at the company. The post initiated a spew of other complaints regarding Uber's culture.