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Amit Singhal leaves Uber over previous sexual-harassment allegations

Sun Online Desk     28th February, 2017 02:26:23 printer

Amit Singhal leaves Uber over previous sexual-harassment allegations

A top Silicon Valley engineer has stepped down from his role at Uber after it was discovered there were sexual-harassment allegations against him at his previous job at Google that he did not disclose when he was hired.


The engineer, Amit Singhal, is leaving Uber after Recode's Kara Swisher notified the company of the allegations through her reporting. Singhal was senior vice president of engineering at Uber.


Singhal stepped down just a month after joining Uber as senior vice president of engineering, where he oversaw software development, the company said. After he started on January 20, Uber became aware of an investigation at Google into a sexual harassment allegation that Singhal didn't disclose and that wasn't discovered during the hiring process, said people familiar with the matter.


Singhal denied the allegation on Monday. "Harassment is unacceptable in any setting," he said in an emailed statement. "I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior. In my 20-year career, I've never been accused of anything like this before, and the decision to leave Google was my own."


Travis Kalanick, Uber's chief executive officer, asked for Singhal's resignation. Uber declined to comment further. Google also declined to comment.


The matter surfaced as Uber tries to deal with its own sexual harassment crisis. Susan Fowler, a former Uber software engineer, penned a devastating blog post on February 19 alleging that, among other things, she'd been propositioned by her manager and that the company had protected him because he was a "high performer." Uber hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to help conduct an investigation, and Kalanick held a tense all-hands meeting in which he teared up and apologized to the company for its lack of diversity and poor response.