After company all-hands, Arianna Huffington insists Uber is trying to be ‘better’

Uber had to douse more flames Tuesday.

Uber is becoming known for stamping out PR fires as much as it’s known as a ride-sharing app, but board member Ariana Huffington wants customers to believe they’re working toward "a better" company.

The latest PR frenzy comes on the back of a blog post written by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti (Susan J. Fowler on her blog), who detailed her alleged sexual harassment — and the company’s inept response — in a post published on Sunday.

The post exploded. According to Rigetti, the response actually broke her apps for Twitter and Gmail.

I wrote something up this weekend about my year at Uber, and why I left: https://t.co/SyREtfLuZH

— Susan Fowler Rigetti (@susanthesquark) February 19, 2017

My twitter and gmail apps are longer working thanks to all the messages! It will take me a while to reply to everyone but I will try!

— Susan Fowler Rigetti (@susanthesquark) February 20, 2017

The Uber machine went into quick-response mode. They hired former United States Attorney General Eric Holder to look into allegedly systemic sexism and harassment at Uber, and announced that board member Arianna Huffington would be part of the investigation as well.

Huffington also helped facilitate a "women in the workplace" discussion with CEO Travis Kalanick on Tuesday.

Here’s the three-paragraph statement from the meeting:

I just joined Travis and Liane Hornsey, Uber’s recently hired Chief Human Resources Officer, for the company’s weekly meeting. We spent over an hour discussing women in the workplace — and talking about the review that’s underway by Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran into diversity and inclusion at Uber.

Travis spoke very honestly about the mistakes he’s made — and about how he wants to take the events of the last 48-hours to build a better Uber. It was great to see employees holding managers accountable. I also view it as my responsibility to hold the leadership team’s feet to the fire on this issue.

Change doesn’t usually happen without a catalyst. I hope that by taking the time to understand what’s gone wrong and fixing it we can not only make Uber better but also contribute to improvements for women across the industry.

Uber has had many catalysts for many issues. Kalanick recently backed out of being a part of Trump’s squad of CEOs due to customer backlash. The company also faces a seemingly constant low-grade backlash for not designating their drivers as employees.

We’ll see what this "catalyst" does for the women who work there now, and who will work there in the future.

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