In a move that surprised the company’s co-founders, Uber fired a driver who had allegedly been sleeping in his car, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The driver, who was not named, was told in a phone call that Uber was taking action against him, the newspaper reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Uber said the incident was not a disciplinary issue.
The drivers’ union had called for the firing.
In a statement to Recode, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick said the driver was not fired, but had been disciplined for sleeping with the passenger in the backseat of his vehicle, and that the company would review the situation in a “comprehensive way.”
“We have been in constant contact with the driver, his family, and his employer,” Kalanicks said.
“The incident did not rise to the level of discipline and is not in line with the values we have set for our employees and the way we treat each other.”
The Chronicle reports that Uber is reviewing its policies regarding passenger sleep in vehicles.
Kalanickers did not address any specific policy changes at the time of the incident.
Uber has been trying to grow its app business, which has grown by more than 1,000 percent in the past year.
Uber declined to comment on the incident and did not immediately respond to Recoist’s request for a statement.