Just over a month after Uber proudly announced it had hired former Google search chief Amit Singhal as its new senior vice-president of engineering, Singhal has reportedly been forced to resign. What happened? A story claims that Singhal failed to tell Uber one of the reasons why he may have left Google in the first place.
According to Recode, Singhal was accused of sexual harassment by a female Google employee. Singhal denied those claims in meetings with Google HR head Laszlo Bock and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in late 2015, but the story said that the company’s own internal investigation found the claims to be “credible” and was prepared to fire him. Instead, Singhal decided to leave Google on his own in early 2016.
Recode added that Uber did its own background checks of Singhal and did not discover these accusations were made while he was at Google before he was hired in January 2017. Since he did not disclose these issues on his own, the story says that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign today. For his part, Singhal repeated his denials in a statement sent to Recode, saying,”I do not condone and have not committed such behavior.”
This development is the latest black eye over at Uber.
This development is the latest black eye over at Uber. A former engineer at the drive sharing company, Susan Fowler, wrote a blog post earlier this month claiming she was sexually harassed while she worked at Uber. Company CEO Travis Kalanick stated he was unaware of those claims and said Uber would conduct its own investigation.
Last week, Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming that it had stolen much of its technology to use for its own automated vehicles. Uber claims Waymo’s lawsuit is “a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor.”