Uber Technologies Inc. has been making headlines as the transportation company looks to address a range of concerns in relation to the company. The board members of the company are scheduled to hold a summit meeting today to address a range of recommendations that had been made by independent experts. According to a report in The New York Times, the company's flamboyant CEO Travis Kalanick could be asked to take a Leave Of Absence.

A high stakes meeting

The New York Times has spoken to individuals who are close to the developments and all of them have confirmed that the Uber board are going to discuss at length the possibility of sending Kalanick on a leave of absence.

The company has been mired in controversies starting from sexual harassment at the workplace, lax human resource response to such complaints and Kalanick's own public relations debacles over the past few months.

Additionally, the recommendation put forward by Eric H. Holder Jr. in his report on the probe into the Uber's work culture is also going to be a big talking point at the meeting. It is understood that the report recommends the termination of senior vice president Eric Michael. Michael is one of the Kalanick's closest allies in the company.

Can the board oust Kalanick?

The company had suffered from unprecedented attrition over the past few months, the drivers have been agitating regarding low pay for some time as well and in addition to that, the world culture at the company has become a public relations nightmare.

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Naturally, the investors have started to worry that the start-up, currently valued at $70 billion, is on the verge of implosion.

Being the co-founder and the CEO, Travis Kalanick is ultimately responsible for the mess that the company now finds itself in. However, the decision to send him on a leave of absence might not be as straightforward as it may sound, since Silicon Valley startups work in different ways. Like other Silicon Valley stars like Google, Uber's founder Kalanick holds what is called 'super voting shares' and those allow him to simply ignore the recommendations of the probe done by Eric J. Holder Jr.

Other board members are in a bind since they think that if the recommendations are completely ignored then it would send a very bad signal and could end up being another scandal for the company.

As an expert told the New York Times, “Any response without complete buy-in from the top is a complete waste of time,”