The head of Uber, Travis Kalanick, has left the company amid mounting scrutiny over allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and a decades-old workplace culture at the company, according to multiple sources.
The company announced Monday that Kalanik has resigned, but did not say how he resigned or what he will do next.
Sources said that Uber has offered Kalanicky a job with a ride-hailing company that operates a similar model as UberX, but that he declined.
Kalanicks departure is a significant blow to Uber, which has been battling an intensifying media and political scrutiny over its handling of sexual misconduct allegations and other matters.
Uber has been rocked by sexual harassment and allegations of misconduct in recent months, as the company has faced criticism for its handling and management of its former chief executive, Travis McDavid, and allegations that Uber employees inappropriately accessed data on a female employee.
In his resignation letter, Kalanics wife, Ginni Rometty, said that she accepted his decision and that “the company is moving forward with an inclusive culture that will create a more empowered workplace for our drivers and riders.”
It is unclear when the resignation will take effect, but sources said it will be effective immediately.
The resignation comes less than two weeks after Kalanic told the New York Times that Uber would not be taking new employees.
He said he would have to find new ways to pay for a new headquarters, saying he would need to borrow money from his wife and family members.
Uber was rocked by multiple sexual harassment allegations against its former CEO, Travis McDavid.
Kalanick, who left Uber after an embarrassing year in 2016, has been embroiled in an internal dispute with his top lieutenants over his leadership.
It was unclear Monday what Kalanis departure means for Uber’s drivers, which have faced challenges hiring and retaining top talent amid mounting accusations of sexual assault, discrimination and retaliation against female employees.
In a memo to employees released in late September, Kalaniks chief of staff said the company would focus on hiring and training new drivers.
The company also announced the hiring of two new executives to help its workforce improve its human resources.
Kalaniik also hired two new employees, one as chief operating officer and the other as chief marketing officer.
“We have created a culture where women, including women of color, are not the only ones to succeed at Uber,” Kalanikkis chief of office wrote in the memo.
“We will continue to invest in recruiting and hiring a team that is diverse, inclusive and committed to building the next generation of leaders.”
The hiring of new employees is part of a broader reorganization that Uber is expected to complete in the coming months.
Kalandics departure also comes just days after the company announced it would pay $1.6 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the company by former employees who alleged they were sexually harassed by McDavid.
More broadly, Uber announced it was shutting down two other offices in New York, Seattle and San Francisco as part of the reorganization.
One of the cities is a hub for large, high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, while the other is home to the city’s tech industry, including Uber.
Uber’s former top executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, resigned last month as part to a new leadership team.
At least two women have filed complaints against Kalanidys management in recent weeks over sexual harassment complaints, including a former Uber driver who accused him of grabbing her buttocks during a sexual encounter.
Other employees have also accused McDavid of harassing them, including one former Uber engineer who accused McDevs former top manager of inappropriately touching her buttocks.
An Uber spokeswoman said the companies culture is inclusive and supports everyone’s ability to succeed and that the company is focused on creating an environment where all employees feel welcome.
While Kalanicoi said he was stepping down because he was unable to remain in charge, he told the Times he did not want to take on any more responsibilities. Read more: