Today in "What did Uber do now?"...
Uber hired two law firms, fired 20 employees, sent several more to counseling and training, and yet, it apparently took a call from the press for the company to take action against an executive, who has taken questionable actions.
The news: Recode reported on Wednesday that Eric Alexander was fired shortly after the press started asking questions about him. According to Recode, there were reports that Alexander got ahold of the medical records of an Uber rider who was a rape victim in India in 2014 and shared them with CEO Travis Kalanick and his close lieutenant, Emil Michael. What's more, the three speculated that maybe the reported rape was all a ploy by Uber's rival, Ola.
Uber confirmed they fired Alexander but declined to comment on the allegations yesterday, according to various reports. However, the timing of Alexander's firing puts a spotlight on Uber's commitment to a zero tolerance policy.
Meanwhile: Arianna Huffington disclosed at a conference that Kalanick has recently taken to meditation, which is fine and dandy. Except, she also noted that at least once Kalanick did his meditation in Uber's lactation rooms.
Also: The Information reported Wednesday that Uber used an algorithm to optimize its initial compensation offers to new hires. The move helped the company cut costs and limit shareholder dilution, but also had the effect of reinforcing pay disparities among workers doing the same job, including a gender pay gap.
More shoes to drop: Uber's board is still mulling over former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder's report on former employee Susan Fowler's claims. Plus, the Financial Times called for Kalanick's ouster. That appears unlikely. But one thing is clear: With each day, it is increasingly difficult to justify maintaining the status quo.