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Uber threatens to fire key executive Staff in self-driving car dispute



Uber employee, Anthony Levandowski

It is no longer news that Waymo, a self-driving car company started by Google filed a case against the ride hailing company Uber for stealing their 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets.

Due to the stealing act claimed by Waymo and which was perpetuated by Anthony Levandowski, an Uber employee - the company Uber has threatened to fire the embattled employee unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order.

Ever since Waymo filed the case against Uber, the possibility of dropping Anthony Levandowski has increased. Mr Levandowski is an expert in robot-controlled cars and it is the main reason that the company bought Levandowski's startup for $680 million last year.

Waymo, a self-driving car company started by Google, alleges Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets before he founded his startup.

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Levandowski has asserted his rights under the Fifth Amendment since Waymo filed its lawsuit in February.

But Uber is warning Levandowski that he may lose his job unless he waives those rights and reveals whether he took any Waymo documents.

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