Uber’s head of human resources resigned Tuesday reportedly after a probe into how she handled racial discrimination allegations at Uber.
Uber launched an internal investigation after anonymous whistleblowers claimed Liane Hornsey, the company’s chief people officer, systematically dismissed allegations of racial discrimination, leading to her resignation.
Hornsey and chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi didn’t mention the investigation in staff emails about the resignation, obtained by The Washington Post.
She thanked her colleagues and acknowledged the abruptness. Khosrowshahi praised Hornsey in a separate email. Uber declined to comment.
Hornsey started in 2017, just before engineer Susan Fowler published her memo about harassment and discrimination at Uber. Hornsey came from SoftBank and Google.
Her tenure was consumed by the fallout of Fowler’s allegations, revamping culture and implementing 47 recommendations made by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after an internal investigation.
Last October, Hornsey said Uber was progressing on most recommendations, like earlier dinner hours, part-time working, listening sessions with employees, adding diversity and inclusion experts to interview panels , and using recruiters to seek out diversity candidates. She noted it was hard to interview at least one woman or minority for engineering jobs.
The resignation follows several high-profile exits at Uber. The executive charged with repairing the company, Bozoma Saint John, left the company last month after one year. She was brought on after a tumultuous year of scandals that led to the ouster of chief executive Travis Kalanick. The company’s head of finance and top lawyer were among the officials that resigned last year.