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Telebriefs®: Uber’s Workplace Investigation- The Outcome and What We Can Learn

Earlier this month, Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, took an indefinite leave of absence from the company following an investigative report that former Attorney General, Eric Holder generated. Eric Holder was hired to conduct a workplace investigation following ex-Uber engineer Susan Faller’s blog alleging multiple accounts of harassment and discrimination within the workplace. In his report, Holder recommended that Uber implement the so-called “Rooney Rule,” mandated by the National Football League, which requires all NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for all general management head coaching positions. Holder also recommended that the company bolster its harassment and discrimination policies. For example, it was found that there were not adequate procedures for employees to articulate and field complaints or charges of harassment or discrimination. In addition, Holder indicated in his report that the company should prohibit romantic relationships between employees in reporting relationships and directly address the issue in its employee handbook. Holder also expressed concern with alcohol use at social functions, which apparently were very dramatic and systemic. Uber’s workplace investigation is a lesson to all organizations that it is imperative to have proactive policies and employee training on a regular basis. To learn more about Uber’s workplace investigation and how to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: The Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew its informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors, and according to Quest Diagnostics, failed workplace drug testing is at a 12-year high.


Questions about ­­­­­the outcome of Uber’s workplace investigation or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact Howard K. Kurman at or 410-209-6417.


Learn more about Offit Kurman’s Workplace Investigation services here.


About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call!

About the Presenter

Howard Kurman Casual-SmallHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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