Uber will urgently investigate sexual harassment claims after a former employee detailed her “horrifying” experiences in a recent blog post.
American author Susan Fowler Rigetti worked as an engineer for Uber from November 2015 until December last year. On Sunday she revealed the sexual harassment she experienced while at the ride-sharing company’s California office in a long post to her blog.
Fowler Rigetti’s claims include that she was the victim of unwanted sexual propositions from her manager and that the allegation was handled poorly by the company’s human resources team.
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Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick said the company would “conduct an urgent investigation” into the allegations, promising to sack anyone who “behaves this way or thinks this is OK”.
The engineer described receiving messages from her manager that made it “clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him” on her first day in a new team.
“He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn’t,” Fowler Rigetti wrote.
“He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn’t help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with.”