A link directs employees to what appears to be an internal Uber site, asking them to show their support for Kalanick using an anonymous form. As the company's employees and other insiders have sought to unload some of their equity in the company in recent months, Uber's stock price on the private secondary market has also sunk by as much as 15%, according to CNBC.
Apart from this, a letter requesting Uber employees to sign a petition states, "Nobody is flawless, but I fundamentally believe he can evolve into the leader Uber needs today and that he's critical to its future success".
A number of employees have since spoken out against the move, calling for the board to reinstate Kalanick in an operational role, though did not indicate whether he should be chief executive.
Miles Ehrlich, Levandowski's lawyer, declined to comment on the filings or how he's being paid. Soon after, Levandowski told Kalanick he had destroyed the discs, according to the court papers. The post was liked by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The letter to Uber's board has a more formal writing style, but conveys the same message.
The shareholders' insistence on Kalanick's departure came after months of prolonged scandal, during which the company faced allegations of a hostile workplace culture and an intellectual property lawsuit from Waymo, a self driving vehicle company owned by Google's parent company.
In May, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered Uber to return the stolen files, writing that evidence indicated the company "knew or should have known that he possessed over 14,000 confidential Waymo files".
"Yes, Travis is flawed, as we all are", the petition reads. Kalanick, who complied with the request, had already agreed to take a leave of absence, but that was not enough for some of Uber's shareholders. Travis gave more to this company than anyone. Kalanick responded by telling him not to bring any of the information to Uber, and that the company did not want it, according to the document.
Kalanick has been courting troubles since the time a former employee who worked as an engineer claimed that she was sexually harassed in the company.