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Uber HR head resigns in wake of racial discrimination claims

DISCRIMINATION: Uber's head of HR has been accused of dismissing employee's racial discrimination claims

UBER’S HEAD of HR has stepped down after only 18 months in post after allegations of racist discrimination came to light.

Liane Hornsey, a former Google executive, resigned in an email to staff on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of racial discrimination made by anonymous whistleblowers.

The whistleblowers claimed that Hornsey had systematically dismissed internal complaints.

Accusers said Hornsey, the firm’s chief people officer who regularly spoke out on diversity and discrimination issues, had also “used discriminatory language and made derogatory comments about Uber global head of diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman”.

Hornsey had been at the forefront of the company’s actions to alter its culture in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Uber employees who made the most recent accusations against Hornsey said grievances shared using the taxi hailing service’s anonymous complaints line were not resolved or dismissed on a regular basis, and that this was increasingly the case when issues relating to race were raised.

In a memo sent to Uber employees announcing the resignation, neither the chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, or Hornsey gave details about the reason behind the decision.

Hornsey said the announcement “comes a little out of the blue for some of you” but added that it was something she had been thinking about “for a while”.

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