Uber’s head of diversity has been placed on leave after a black employee complained about a “tone-deaf” internal session on white women titled “Don’t Call Me Karen”.

Bo Young Lee was asked to step away by chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi last week after a backlash to the event, which was meant to focus on “the spectrum of the American white woman’s experience”.

The event, which referenced the derogatory term for middle aged white women “Karen”, featured white Uber employees discussing their own experiences of race and gender.

Ms Lee, who was an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, encouraged Uber staff to “have an open and honest conversation about race”.

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