Uber memo surfaces with CEO setting sex guidelines for employees

on Jun10

Travis Kalanick: “We do not have a budget to bail anyone out of jail.” Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

In a staff-wide email sent in 2013, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick laid out rules for employees should they decide to have sex on a company outing.

“Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic “YES! I will have sex with you” AND b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command,” the email read, according to a copy published by tech blog Recode. “Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip.”

The note was sent preceding Uber’s company retreat to Miami to celebrate the ride-hailing startup’s rollout in its 50th global city, and to try to spread grass-roots support to bring the service to the Florida city. The email surfaced shortly after one of Uber’s two internal probes into sexual harassment claims released its findings on Tuesday, leading to the dismissal of more than 20 employees.

An Uber spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request for comment on the email.

Kalanick’s email also advised employees against throwing kegs off of tall buildings, taking drugs without the appropriate medical licensing and vomiting.

“We do not have a budget to bail anyone out of jail,” he wrote.

Uber has been dealing with a string of public relations disasters since the beginning of 2017, including a blog post by a former employee detailing sexual harassment and discrimination within the company. It is also facing an intellectual property lawsuit from self-driving rival Waymo and has seen more than a dozen top executives leave.

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