As part of a review by former attorney general Eric Holder, a report recommended that Uber “take steps to … prohibit the use of controlled substances, including … prohibiting consumption of non-prescription controlled substances during core work hours, at work events, or at other work-sponsored events.” The report was based on an assessment of actual practices and problems — indicating that the review team found evidence of use of controlled substances during core work hours and at work events.
Vice reports passengers using Uber to pick up and distribute drugs. For example, in January 2015, two passengers in Los Angeles were found to be holding $2,000 of drugs and were using Uber to get to a drug transaction. Vice reports three other criminal cases involving Uber and drug dealing.
In February 2017, the New York Times reported misconduct by Uber employees: A manager groped a female co-worker’s breasts at a company retreat, a director shouted a homophobic slur at a subordinate, a manager threatened to beat an underperforming employee with a baseball bat, employees used cocaine at private parties, and an employee hijacked a shuttle bus and took it for a joy ride.