Uber CEO on federal probe: ‘Sometimes it takes a punch in the face’

The ride-booking company is being investigated for gender discrimination, and top officers have been under fire or resigned for inappropriate behavior. Its chief exec admits there’s a problem.

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Uber’s top executive says there might be fire under all the smoke.

After reports that the company is under federal investigation for gender discrimination, as well as the departure of HR chief Liane Hornsey following claims she mishandled complaints of racial discrimination, the company is now conceding it has work to do to become the company it wants to be.

The news of the federal probe, first reported in The Wall Street Journal, was picked up by many outlets.

ABC reported:

The company is being sued by former software engineer Ingrid Avendaño, who claims she experienced sexual harassment, racial discrimination and pay inequity. Avendaño left before Khosrowshahi took over.

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