>> More fall out at Uber on Monday. Not only is CEO Travis Kalanick likely to take a leave of absence in the wake of a series of scandals. But Senior Vice President Emil Michael, a close confidant of Kalanick, will leave the company all together. A source telling Reuters, no final decision has been made yet related to the CEO taking leave.
The news comes after Uber's board on Sunday adopted a series of recommendations from the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Following a wide ranging investigation into Uber's culture and practices. Reuter's Tech Correspondent Joseph Menn reported on the meeting.>> Holder's law firm, Covington & Burling, was called into the company to do a sweeping review of management practices after an explosive blog post by a former engineer at the company, named Susan Fowler.
Fowler said that she'd been sexually harassed by a manager, and that the managers above that person were not only unresponsive, but dissembled when they were asked to investigate and take action. They said that they'd never gotten a complaint like that before, when in fact they had.>> Company insiders and investors telling Reuters that even a temporary departure by Kalanick would be a shock for the Silicon Valley start up world.
It would also hugely impact the company's culture, which has been largely defined by Kalanick's brash approach. And as if sweeping sexual harassment probes and a management crisis weren't enough, Uber self driving car program is in jeopardy after a law suit brought by Google's Waymo, claims Uber stole trade secrets.
Sources telling Reuters that Uber is also facing a criminal investigation by the US Department of Justice over it's use of a software tool that helped it drivers evade local transportation regulators.