Yet even more scandal for ride hailing company Uber after influential board member makes sexist comment about female leadership.
It seems as if Uber can’t get enough scandal.
The ride sharing company is back in the media after yet another act of sexism in its upper management.
This time, board member David Bonderman takes centre stage in a drama rife with claims of gender discrimination.
Thus, the venture capitalist resigned from Uber’s board of directors after a sexist comment during a staff meeting earlier this week.
Uber is already involved in extensive investigations concerning employee complaints of a toxic workplace simmering with verbal abuse and gender bias.
As such, the board was reviewing reports when fellow member Arianna Huffington cited a statistic about women in the workplace.
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She said that according to data, after a firm had one female on its panel a second would likely follow.
Then, Bonderman quipped: “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking”.
Little did he know that Yahoo Finance was recording the entire meeting.
Consequently, he tendered his resignation on Tuesday.
Whether his leaving comes at a good or bad time is subjective.
However, his comment is representative of company buckling under its own worsening reputation.
I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company. https://t.co/jCw0y9tBYY
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) June 14, 2017
Yet, Bonderman was quick to offer a grovelling apology:
“I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud.
“I need to hold myself to the same standards that we’re asking Uber to adopt. Therefore, I have decided to resign from Uber’s board of directors, effective tomorrow morning”.
Huffington also weighed in on Bonderman’s leaving:
“I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company”.
But, there still may be cause for optimism in Uber’s darkening saga.
Nestlé exec Wan Ling Martello joined the board earlier this week, and represents its second woman after Hunffington.
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