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2017-02-27 19:37:14
Uber Executive, Linked to an Old Harassment Claim, Resigns

SAN FRANCISCO — In another blow to Uber after accusations it ignored female employees’ claims of sexual harassment, the company dismissed the head of its engineering efforts.

The official, Amit Singhal, who oversaw Google’s search efforts before his departure, was asked to resign on Monday by Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive. The decision came after Uber learned that Mr. Singhal did not disclose the circumstances of his departure from Google last year, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not allowed to speak on private personnel issues and asked for anonymity.

Google had deemed an employee’s claim of sexual harassment against Mr. Singhal “credible” in an internal investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter who declined to be identified because they were not allowed to speak on the matter.

“Harassment is unacceptable in any setting,” Mr. Singhal said in a statement. “I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior. In my 20-year career, I’ve never been accused of anything like this before, and the decision to leave Google was my own.”

Mr. Singhal’s resignation was first reported by the technology news website Recode. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mr. Singhal was a high-profile hire brought in by Uber to build its software and technological infrastructure. Hired by Google in 2000, he was the company’s 176th employee, and he rewrote many of the original search algorithms created by the company’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google declined to comment on Mr. Singhal.

Mr. Singhal is credited as one of the engineers who built the smarter and faster search engine that gave Google what proved to be an insurmountable advantage in web search. When Mr. Singhal left his position as Google’s head of search last February, he said he planned to focus on philanthropy. There was no mention at the time of a sexual harassment claim against him.