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Heads roll as Uber gets tough on sexual harassment

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Uber also plans to take further actions

The housecleaning at Uber Technologies Inc. is just getting under way, as the ride hailing firm has fired more than 20 people after a company-wide investigation into harassment claims.

Given the development, Uber has hired at least two high-profile senior executives whose job will be to set strategy and rethink branding.

Law firm Perkins Coie LLP led the investigation, reviewing 215 human resources claims; while it took no action in 100 instances, it’s still probing 57 others.

There’s also a separate investigation commissioned by Uber that’s being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

That group shared detailed findings with a subcommittee of Uber’s board of directors, but a summary isn’t expected to be made public until next week, a person familiar with the matter said.

Uber also plans to take action on some of the report’s findings next week, the person said.

“They’re showing that they’re going to take some concrete steps to address the matter,” said Evan Rawley, a professor at Columbia University’s business school, adding: “This issue is going to keep being at the forefront until the investigation is completed.”

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