Uber boss Travis Kalanick may be headed for leave of absence

Uber will tell employees about the recommendations on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified.

Uber's board met on Sunday to consider recommendations from an investigation into sexual harassment and related issues led by the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

That said, Michael was the the company's most high profile executive to leave the company.

James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, said Mr Michael's departure reflected Uber's need for a "fall guy" and could help protect Mr Kalanick.

Post a traumatic accident in his family, where Uber CEO Travis Kalanick lost his mother and his father was hospitalized, he has been mulling over the need for some time-off from work.

Ride-hailing service Uber has moved to shake up the company's leadership, a moved followed by accusations that company executives turned a blind eye to sexual harassment and other corporate misbehaviour, the media reported.

Uber's Chief Business Officer, Emil Michael, is also set to hand in his resignation, according to anonymous sources cited by several publications.

On the agenda at Sunday's meeting were a possible leave of absence for Kalanick and potentially parting ways with Michael.

The company has said that all recommendations from Holder's investigation are to be implemented.

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. It would be tough for the board to remove Kalanick because of Uber's stock ownership structure.

The pair's involvement in at least two incidents - the mishandling of an Indian rape victim's medical records and a visit to a Seoul karaoke bar that reportedly prompted a human-resources complaint - came up in the course of Holder's probe, Bloomberg reported.

In 2014, Michael threatened to dig up dirt on a journalist who covered the company.

As for Michael himself, it would seem that he understands his precarious position within the company and is preparing to resign, The Wall Street Journal reports. His years at Uber have been marked by both landmark deals that boosted the company's valuation and scandals that damaged the company's reputation.

Martello is only the second woman on the ride-hail company's now seven-member board after Arianna Huffington, who joined the board in April of 2016.

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