Uber HR Head Out After Racial Discrimination Investigation
Liane Hornsey, Uber's Chief People Officer and head of HR, sent an email to staff on Tuesday announcing her resignation after reports that she and her department dismissed racial discrimination complaints from employees. The departure came after Reuters contacted Uber on Monday about a previously unreported investigation ordered by Uber's Chief Legal Officer Tony West (pictured), brother-in-law of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). The probe looked into the way Hornsey (pictured) handled discrimination reports after a group of whistleblowers threatened to go public with their complaints if the company didn't take action. The group -- Uber employees of color -- also said Hornsey had used discriminatory language against the company's Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman (pictured) and also claimed that she threatened former executive Bozoma Saint John (pictured). Uber didn't disclose the probe's results, and West told the anonymous complainants that it has no intention to do so. "[W]e should keep in mind that the simple fact that we may not observe disciplinary action doesn't mean serious measures haven't been imposed, if and where appropriate," West wrote in an email to the whistleblowers. The allegations come amidst Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s efforts to change the “toxic culture” at the company. However, in an email to staff, Khosrowshahi said Hornsey was “incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working,” and he gave no reason for her departure. More here.