Uber’s sexual-harassment probe to take longer than expected

Uber’s investigation into sexual harassment and other allegedly unsavory aspects of its workplace culture was supposed to wrap up by the end of this month.

Now, it appears employees, customers and the public will have to wait a bit longer for the results.

Uber on Friday confirmed former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is leading the probe, has asked for more time.

Recode first reported the delay. Anonymous sources told the tech blog that Holder has yet to interview key figures, including top human resources executives, but plans to do so in the coming weeks.

Uber declined to comment on whether Holder had interviewed those key people, or on why he needed more time for the probe.

Uber in February hired Holder and another attorney, Tammy Albarrán, to investigate a series of complaints, including from a female engineer who claimed the company turned a blind eye when her manager sexually harassed her. Board member Arianna Huffington, who is part of the committee overseeing the investigation, updated reporters on the probe’s progress in a conference call last month. At the time, she said the investigation should conclude by the end of April, and stressed that the ride-hailing company would honor the results, whatever they may be.

But Huffington on Thursday night announced a delay in a brief memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by SiliconBeat. The investigators had been promised “all the support and time necessary to conduct an intensive, thorough review of Uber’s workplace and culture,” she wrote.

“Eric and Tammy have now asked us for more time to complete their assessment, which includes information received from hundreds of employees through interviews and anonymous online focus groups and reflects the global scale of the company’s operations,” Huffington wrote. “To ensure that no stone is left unturned, the Board subcommittee has granted that request and we anticipate the report by the end of May.”

Photo: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder takes questions during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. Holder is leading an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and other unsavory behavior at Uber. (Charles Dharapak/AP)



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