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Ridesharing company Uber fires 20 over sexual harassment scandal

Uber has taken disciplinary action by terminating 20 employees after a company-wide investigation into sexual harassment claims. The company looked into 215 claims of sexual harassment. One hundred of the claims did not result in action, but 57 of the claims continue to be reviewed more closely.

The investigated complaints involved allegations relating to sexual harassment, bullying, unprofessional behavior and discrimination. Uber claims that every reported instance received due attention. If the claims were corroborated, Uber acted swiftly to ameliorate the issue. Although the names of the terminated employees were not released by the company, we know that they numbered 20 in total.

Ex-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has also been looking into Uber's sexual harassment claims via another probe. Both investigations were inspired by a blog post published by a former female engineer at Uber. The post was titled "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber."

There are a lot of ways that Florida employees can respond to issues relating to workplace sexual harassment. Simply posting a blog article about the experience is probably not the best way to have your problems gain legal traction. A much better way to address an issue of sexual harassment is to visit your company's human resources department to file a formal complaint. When filing your complaint, be sure to do so verbally and back up the verbal complaint with an email so you have a record of it. If the problem persists, then it could be wise to discuss the issue with an experienced employment law attorney.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "Uber Fires at Least 20 People After Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims: Source," June 06, 2017

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