An Indian born high executive at the ride hailing company ‘Uber’ was asked to leave after the company found that he did not disclose that he had left his former job at Google after a sexual harassment complaint.
Amit Singhal joined Uber in January this year as a senior vice president of engineering after working for 15 years at Google, where he overlooked the company’s search efforts.
According to a report Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign on Monday (27th Feb) after it was found that Singhal did not disclose that he had left the Internet search giants a year earlier after an allegation against him of sexual harassment.
Google had deemed the employee's claim of sexual harassment against Singhal "credible" in an investigation. The report said that Singhal, "a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley", had disputed the allegation to Google executives at the time and denied the allegations again. According to the report Google was ready to fire Singhal over the sexual allegations after the probe, but it did not have to do so, as he resigned. The employee who filed the complaint did not work for Singhal directly, but she worked closely with the search team.
Singhal said that “Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior”.
He also said that in his 20-year-career, he has never been accused of anything like that before and the decision to leave Google was his own.
Singhal’s departure comes at a time, when Uber is facing scrutiny following allegations of sexual harassment by a previous employee against her manager.
The former employee said in a blog last week that her manager sent inappropriate messages to her and the company’s HR department were not supportive.