Uber’s Head Of HR Departs After Investigation Into Racial Discrimination

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Uber’s head of human resources reportedly resigned from the company Tuesday in an email to staff.

Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey’s departure comes very shortly after an investigation was launched to see if she consistently disregarded internal accusations of racial discrimination, according to multiple reports. She was allegedly pressured to resign.

Her exit is just one of many for the ride-sharing giant in roughly the past couple of years. Coinciding with a series of news reports portraying the company as one with a lack of care over how some of its employees — specifically women — feel and are treated, as well as having a generally wild atmosphere, Uber seemed to be reeling for a long time with executives dropping one by one.

The board of directors eventually ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, appearing to believe that as leader, he was responsible for cultivating a toxic “bro-culture” with a male-dominated staff and employees ruthlessly trying to one-up each other. (RELATED: Investors Not Happy To See Holder, Huffington Investigating Uber)

Following those accusations came a corporate promise to do better, with a new CEO in Dara Khosrowshahi coming from Expedia to help right the proverbially deviating ship. The company has been purchasing a number of slots for ads in recent weeks, an apparent attempt to build goodwill, but more importantly depict Khosrowshahi as a rejuvenating, refreshing force for the company. And it plans on doing more, with ad spending reportedly expected to reach up to $500 million in 2018.

The latest reports of Hornsey’s alleged dismissal of employee complaints could be yet another hit for Uber, showing that Khosrowshahi’s time at the helm isn’t spared controversy.

Uber did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time of publication.

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