Foot in mouth

Uber board member jokes that women talk too much — at a meeting to address sexism

Uber board member David Bonderman. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The New York Times)

Uber held a huge company-wide meeting on Tuesday to address a corporate culture that has enabled numerous instances of alleged sexual harassment. Employees were informed of the recommendations made by an outside law firm after the completion of an investigation of the company’s culture led by Eric Holder. In a stunning display of irony, an Uber board member made a sexist joke — at a meeting where sexism was a chief topic.

The remark came after Uber board member Arianna Huffington announced the addition of another woman, Wan Ling Martello, to the company’s board of directors. Huffington’s board colleague David Bonderman decided that was the perfect time to trot out a sexist joke.

Huffington, in audio from the meeting leaked to Yahoo Finance, can be heard trying to smooth things over, but according to one report, people in the meeting were pissed — and rightly so. Bonderman later apologized, saying the remark was “inappropriate.”

Ya think, buddy?

Within hours of the ill-advised remark, Bonderman resigned from Uber’s board.

Read the full story at Recode.


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