Jun 14, 2017

The Uber drama's cast of characters

Uber on Tuesday disclosed the findings of a months-long investigation into its myriad workplace issues and announced CEO Travis Kalanick would take a leave of absence.

The investigation, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, was sparked by an ex-employee's published account of sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced during her year working at Uber. It would include around 200 interviews and a detailed document review. The investigation findings cap a chaotic saga resulting in several executive departures, multiple rounds of revelations about the company's brash and fratty culture, and continued questions about Uber's future.

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Uber to pay $4.4 million to settle sexual harassment charges

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Uber has agreed to pay $4.4 million into a fund for victims of sexual harassment and establish a system to identify managers who fail to respond to reports as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Why it matters: The EEOC opened an investigation into Uber following a string of reports in 2017 from employees about sexual harassment and discrimination at the ride-hailing company. Since then, Uber has replaced CEO Travis Kalanick with Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi, who has vowed to rectify the company's culture.

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Court bans Uber's ride-hailing services in Germany

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A German court on Thursday banned Uber in the country after it ruled that the U.S. company doesn't have a license to offer transport services using rental cars, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Uber, which is active in seven German cities, also lost its license to drive passengers in London in November after city regulators claimed it risked passenger safety.

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Inside Uber's privacy battle with Los Angeles

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Uber is waging a battle against Los Angeles' transportation department over the city's new data-sharing requirements for scooter and bike rentals.

Why it matters: Uber is an unlikely champion of consumer privacy rights given its own missteps, but privacy experts say L.A.'s new standard could have a significant impact on urban transportation services, their users and what data cities can access.

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