At a time when Uber is under immense scrutiny over insensitivity related to sexual harassment at work, its recently appointed SVP of engineering Amit Singhal has quit, reports Recode. According to the report, Singhal was asked to resign by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, after Singhal had not disclosed to the company that his departure from Google had been related to allegations of sexual harassment.
The incident in question apparently took place in 2015, although Singhal had denied the claims at the time. The report mentions that Google would have fired Singhal over the incident, but did not do so, since he resigned. Singhal on his part, had denied and continues to deny these allegations, although he did admit to the dispute with Google.
This incident comes at a time when Uber has already been accused of being insensitive towards sexual harassment at work, by a former female engineer, who claimed that Uber’s HR department simply ignored her complaints. Reacting to the incident, which took place just earlier this month, Uber CEO Kalanick said that such incidents would be investigated, and that “We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber — and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”
Note that Singhal had joined Uber only last month as the Senior Vice President of Engineering, and was responsible for the technology development at the company. Prior to Uber, Singhal was the head of ranking team, Google Fellow and the person responsible for Google’s search algorithms. He worked for 15 years at Google, before which he worked at AT&T labs researching IR and database programming. Interestingly, at the time Singhal said he would concentrate on his family and philanthropy after Google.