Uber SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal, has left his job at the ride servicing company because he did not disclose to the company that he left Google a year earlier after top executives there informed him of an allegation of sexual harassment from an employee.
An internal investigation into the allegations found that the statements were “credible.”
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal, on Monday morning, to resign from his position.
Uber was informed of the situation after Recode informed them of the chain of events between Singhal and the search giant this week.
An extensive background check done by the company did not uncover any hint of the circumstances under which he left Google, sources at Uber said. Singhal disputed the allegations to Google executives at the time.
In a statement to Recode, although Singhal acknowledged a dispute with Google, he denied the allegation yet again.
“Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior,” he wrote to me in an email. “In my 20-year career, I’ve never been accused of anything like this before and the decision to leave Google was my own.”
This discovery also comes at a dicey time for the company. Uber has recently been under scrutiny due to an explosive blog post by a former female engineer who alleged numerous incidents of sexism, sexual harassment and painted a picture of a very dysfunctional HR department.
However, Singhal’s dispute has nothing to do with the recent lawsuit with Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has waged against Uber’s Otto division.
Singhal has stated many times that there are always two sides to every story. Following the Christmas holiday, he resigned from Google after a 15-year career there.
However, Google was prepared to fire Singhal over the allegations after looking into the incident, but he resigned instead, according to sources.
Sources also said the female employee who filed a complaint against Singhal did not work for him directly, but she did work closely with the search team. The employee also did not want to go public with the charges, which is why Google decided to allow Singhal to leave his position quietly.
“As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I’ve been asking myself the question, ‘What would you want to do for the next fifteen?’ The answer has overwhelmingly been: Give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints — but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more,” he wrote regarding his decision to leave his position. “Now is a good time to make this important life change.”