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Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey has resigned from the company via email following an investigation into her handling of racial discrimination allegations.
Reuters reports that Uber’s Chief People Officer, Liane Hornsey, has resigned from the company in an email sent to staff. Hornsey’s departure from the company comes shortly after an investigation into her handling of racial discrimination allegations at the company. Hornsey was accused of systematically dismissing internal complaints related to racial discrimination.
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Hornsey acted as the head of the company’s human resources department and had previously been one of the ride-sharing company’s top spokespeople in cases of diversity and discrimination, an issue that Uber has had to deal with on multiple occasions. In 2017, the company fired approximately 20 employees following a sexual harassment investigation.
The company eventually settled a class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination against more than 400 women and minorities brought by three women engineers for $10 million.
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Uber has attempted to change their public image following a number of scandals, which included former CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down and Dara Khosrowshahi taking over as CEO. In an email, Khosrowshahi praised Hornsey as “incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working,” but did not state why she was leaving the company.
Hornsey herself told Reuters that her departure from the ride-sharing giant “comes a little out of the blue for some of you, but I have been thinking about this for a while,” but also provided no concrete reason for her decision to leave the company.
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