Uber

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Ad­di­tional ma­te­rial from the San Jose Mer­cury News.

con­tro­ver­sies, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that it rou­tinely ig­nores sex­ual ha­rass­ment. A re­cent video showed Kalan­ick be­rat­ing a driver who con­fronted him about steep cuts in Uber’s rates.

Uber also ac­knowl­edged it has used a pro­gram to thwart au­thor­i­ties who have been try­ing to cur­tail or shut down its ser­vice in cities around the world.

The com­pany also has faces chal­lenges in court.

Waymo, a self-driv­ing car com­pany that used to be part of Google, last month sued Uber in fed­eral court, al­leg­ing be­trayal and high-tech es­pi­onage. The com­plaint ac­cuses An­thony Le­vandowski, a for­mer top man­ager for Google’s self-driv­ing car project, of steal­ing tech­nol­ogy now pro­pel­ling Uber’s ef­fort to build an au­tonomous ve­hi­cle fleet.

Uber de­nied Waymo’s claims, call­ing them “a base­less at­tempt to slow down a com­peti­tor.”

SETH WENIG / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

San Fran­cisco-based Uber has been hit by a string of ex­ec­u­tive de­par­tures and law­suits. Pres­i­dent Jeff Jones has re­signed af­ter six months.

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