US-based ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc’s senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal has been asked to resign from the company. He reportedly failed to disclose a sexual harassment allegation at his previous organisation Google.
Singhal was asked to leave the firm by Uber’s co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick, an Uber India executive told VCCircle on condition of anonymity. However, an Uber India spokesperson did not respond to an email query seeking clarification. Another email sent to Singhal seeking comments also did not elicit a reply at the time of filing this report.
The development was first reported on Monday by US-based online technology publication Recode.
“Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behaviour. In my 20-year career, I have never been accused of anything like this before and the decision to leave Google was my own,” Recode reported Singhal as saying in an email.
This development comes at a time when Uber has come under the spotlight after a former female engineer wrote a blog about numerous incidents of sexual harassment at the cab-hailing firm.
Singhal, an Indian Institute of Technology- Roorkee alumnus, had joined Uber in January this year. Prior to Uber, Singhal was Google’s head of search. He left the company in February last year after spending a decade-and-a-half at the tech giant.