Eric Holder Gets New Job With Uber

He'll head investigation into sex harassment at Uber
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Familiar Face to Probe Uber Sexism Claims
Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington in this 2015 photo.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Eric Holder isn't just preparing to fight President Trump's administration on behalf of California. He's also heading what Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calls an "urgent investigation" into claims that the ride-sharing service discriminated against a female engineer while ignoring her complaints of sexism and harassment, reports the Guardian. In a Monday email sent after "a tough 24 hours" for the company, Kalanick says Uber has hired Holder and a colleague at law firm Covington & Burling to conduct an "independent review," adding it's "an opportunity to heal wounds of the past and set a new standard for justice in the workplace," per ABC News.

Uber's chief HR officer, general counsel, and board member Arianna Huffington will also assist in the investigation into Susan Fowler's claims. Kalanick says he's debunked at least one claim, though: Fowler said only 6% of Uber's engineers were women as of December, but Kalanick claims women make up 15% of those employed in engineering, product management, and science roles at Uber. That figure "has not changed substantively in the last year," he adds, per the Guardian. While the CEO didn't offer any figures on women in management roles at Uber, he did promise a "broader diversity report" would be released soon. (Read more Eric Holder stories.)

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