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Uber Investigating Sexual Discrimination Claims by Ex-Engineer

  • CEO Travis Kalanick says behavior described is ‘abhorrent’
  • Accusations set to reignite debate about Silicon Valley sexism

Uber Technologies Inc. is looking into allegations from a former engineer of sexual harassment, a new accusation that’s likely to draw renewed attention to the lack of women in Silicon Valley’s technical ranks.

Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said the the ride-hailing company will conduct an internal investigation in response to a blog post on Sunday by Susan Fowler. The former software programmer said she was propositioned by her manager and that reports of it were ignored by human resources.