Legal Technology News

Uber Retains Covington & Burling Partners to Conduct Internal Review
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: Uber wasted no time in finding a team to conduct the internal review after allegations of sexual harassment have landed the tech company under less than savory publicity once again.

It was Susan Fowler’s first day on the job with Uber Technologies Inc. and she was already experiencing sexual harassment. Over a year since the unwanted treatment happened, Fowler wrote about it on her personal blog, quickly gaining public attention. The attention forced Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to call for an investigation into the allegations.


Uber hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. to lead an internal review. The Covington & Burling partner will work with fellow partner Tammy Albarran to “conduct an independent review into the specific issues relating to the work place environment raised by Susan Flower, as well as diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly,” said Kalanick.

The review will examine the responsibilities of human resources and the in-house legal department to handle sexual harassment claims. A review panel including chief human resources officer Liane Hornsey, associate general counsel Angela Padilla, and board member Arianna Huffington will help with the investigation.

Fowler was a reliability engineer, working in an industry filled with men. She explained on her blog that her manager messaged her on her first day of work stating that he was in an open relationship and currently looking for new sexual partners.  She wrote, “It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

HR did nothing but claim to give him a “first offense” warning. Fowler transferred to another Uber team where she met other female engineers that had identical stories to hers.  She explained, “It was such a blatant lie that there was really nothing I could do. There was nothing any of us could do. We all gave up on Uber HR and our managers after that.”

The allegations that Fowler released are nothing new to the Silicon Valley. A former Apple Inc. in-house attorney sued the company for age and gender discrimination. Many of the allegations involve the failure of the companies to reprimand harassers and retaliation against those that file accusations of harassment and discrimination. A survey of Silicon Valley women conducted last year found that 60 percent of respondents had experienced unwanted sexual advances at work.

Do you think there is a problem with sexual harassment in the workplace? Tell us in the comments below.

To learn more about just a few of the other sexual harassment lawsuits, read these articles:




Legal Assistant


Our busy legal firm is looking for an efficient, organized legal assistant to help our attorneys and...

Apply now

Associate Attorney


Job details Salary From $80,000 a year Job Type Full-time Qualifications Civ...

Apply now

Legal Assistant

USA-FL-Boca Raton

Law firm in Boca Raton looking for full-time Legal Assistant. Responsible for performing general cle...

Apply now

Bilingual/Paralegal/Legal Assistant

USA-NY-Garden City

Job details Salary $40,000 - $50,000 a year Job Type Full-time Part-time Qualifica...

Apply now




Search Now

Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks an associate attorney with ...

Apply Now

Associate Attorney


Braintree office of our client seeks associate attorney with 1-5 years of experience in civil litiga...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney


Sacramento office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a litigation associate attorney...

Apply Now

Most Popular


To Top