Uber's head of HR Liane Hornsey is out
Following an investigation around allegations of racial discrimination
Posted on July 11, 2018 5:27 PM.
ReutersSalvador Rodriguez
Uber Technologies Inc’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned in an email to staff on Tuesday, following an investigation into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the ride-hailing firm. The resignation comes after Reuters contacted Uber on Monday about the previously unreported investigation into accusations from anonymous whistleblowers, that Hornsey had systematically dismissed internal complaints of racial discrimination.
The resignation comes after numerous scandals and reports of sexual harassment in the workplace. Amidst the reports, Travis Kalanick resigned from Uber (though he still remains on the board), and Uber brought in Dara Khosrowshahi as his replacement. This is the first major scandal Uber has experienced under Khosrowshahi's leadership, though in the email sent to the company, Dara praised Hornsey as “incredibly talented, creative, and hard-working.”
TechCrunchMegan Rose Dickey
In Hornsey’s email, obtained by TechCrunch, she told staff that she’s “been thinking about this for a while” and knows she’ll be leaving the company in good hands.
Neither Dara nor Hornsey gave no reason for her departure.
ReutersSalvador Rodriguez
The allegations against her and Uber’s human resources department more broadly were made by an anonymous group that claims to be Uber employees of color. They alleged Hornsey had used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman, and had denigrated and threatened former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John, who left the company in June.
TechCrunchMegan Rose Dickey
“We are confident that the investigation was conducted in an unbiased, thorough and credible manner, and that the conclusions of the investigation were addressed appropriately,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
For now, Pranesh Anthapur, Uber's VP of HR, will be taking over Hornsey's responsibilities.

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