The board of directors at Uber Technologies is meeting today to discuss CEO Travis Kalanick stepping aside for a period, according to reports published this morning by Reuters, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Kalanick taking a leave of absence is one of several recommendations coming out of an internal report on Uber headed up by Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General during the Obama Administration. The Holder inquiry also recommends that Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice president of business, be asked to leave the company, according to the
Uber hasn't publicized today's meeting and didn't respond to requests for comment.
It will be hard to implement the changes unless Kalanick himself goes along with them. Along with two close allies, Reuters reports, Kalanick has voting control of the company.
Uber's board uses a "founder-friendly" structure, which is also used by tech companies like Google and Facebook.
The system makes the voting shares of certain board members more powerful. Seven of Uber’s nine board members hold these "super-voting shares," while four board of director seats are currently empty, according to the Times.
Those with super-voting shares include Uber co-founder and chairman Garrett Camp, Uber executive Ryan Graves, and media executive Arianna Huffington, all of whom have been supportive of Kalanick in the past.
The Uber internal investigation has already led to 20 terminations , which were announced at a company meeting last Tuesday. Another 31 employees were placed in sexual harassment "counseling or training."
Company sources told Reuters that the employees interviewed by Holder's team complained about "sexual and racial bias, bullying and retaliation." Kalanick and his lieutenants "had favorites who played by different rules than other employees."