Uber considering the future of CEO Travis Kalanick

Uber Airport Pickup sign at La Guardia Airport

Uber Airport Pickup sign at La Guardia Airport

He's often described as the right-hand man of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Downward spirals in tech don't often end well.

On Sunday, Uber directors weighed on a three-month leave of absence for Travis Kalanick, the 40-year-old CEO who founded the start-up and have turned it into a almost $70 billion entity, reports The News York Times.

Uber hired former USA attorney general Eric Holder, and his law firm, Covington & Burling, to lead the investigation. A former engineer named Susan Fowler blogged about her experience in February and claimed the company refused to properly address sexual harassment that she and other women had reported.

The debate over Kalanick's future comes as he is also facing a personal trauma: His mother died last month in a boating accident, in which his father was also badly injured. In 2014 Michael reportedly suggested at a private dinner in NY that Uber should dig up dirt on journalists that criticize the company, which of course sparked outrage from journalists.

San Francisco-based Uber is valued at almost $70bn but is yet to make a profit.

Uber's image, culture and practices have been largely defined by Kalanick's brash approach, company insiders and investors previously told Reuters. The company recently laid off 20 people after a separate probe into sexual harassment at the company.

Forbes reports that the Uber board unanimously approved the recommendations in the Holder report, and that the full report will be released to all employees on Tuesday. Multiple media outlets reported Sunday that the board was considering a leave of absence for Kalanick. Having joined Uber from Klout in 2013, Michael oversaw Uber's broader business strategy, including partnerships and fundraising.

Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing.

The ongoing crises at Uber just led to its most high-profile executive departure yet. Seeing Kalanick step down, even temporarily, would come as a surprise, given the large power that he wields at the company.

However, Uber has declined to comment on the discussions. The 40-year-old CEO said earlier this year that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up".

This also comes at a time when Uber is facing an intellectual property dispute with Waymo over self-driving vehicle technology.

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