Miami-Dade County

Uber CEO issued sex rules for 2013 party in South Beach

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick AP file 2014

On the eve of an Uber corporate bash at a South Beach hotel in 2013, CEO Travis Kalanick issued guidelines on when it would be OK to have sex with co-workers during the Miami visit.

“Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic “YES!” I will have sex with you,” Kalanick wrote in the email obtained by Recode. “AND b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command. Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip. #CEOLife #FML”

Kalanick’s message comes as Uber faces broadening complaints about sexual harassment in the ride-hailing giant, and questions about the CEO’s ability to lead the company. In Miami-Dade, which legalized Uber’s service in 2016, the company is facing heat for refusing to pay more than $3 million in fines issued drivers during the two years before county laws changed to allow ride hailing.

An Uber spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The party at the Shore Club in October 2013 was part of Kalanick’s effort to exert public pressure in Miami to force a change in local laws and overwhelm the taxi industry’s opposition to the new high-tech competitors. The email touts the hashtag “#MiamiNeedsUber.” Kalanick also tells party goers: “If you haven’t figured it out yet, Miami’s transportation sucks ass.”

He urges them to tell “as many Miamians, drivers, influencers as you can as passionately as you can and let them know why Uber will make this great city an even better place.”

The email’s other instructions read like a boss trying to rein in a wild bunch. It notes a “$200 puke charge” for misbehavior at the party, and includes a warning that “drugs and narcotics will not be tolerated unless you have the appropriate medical licensing.”

“We do not have a budget to bail anyone out of jail. Don’t be that guy,” Kalanick wrote. “Do not throw large kegs off of tall buildings.”