Finance, ICT - Uber Sued Over Rape Investigation
The woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India is suing the ride-hailing company for invasion of privacy after reports came out an executive obtained her medical records while investigating her allegations.
The lawsuit alleges, "Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber's business."
Uber released a statement reading, "No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we're truly sorry that she's had to relive it over the last few weeks."
But that wasn't always Uber's position about the 2014 crime. Behind the scenes, Uber's then-chief of Asian operations Eric Alexander got ahold of the 26-year old victim's medical records while investigating her allegations. These documents were reportedly shared with other executives including CEO Travis Kalanick.
Eventually, the accused driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and Uber reached a settlement with the victim over the sexual assault. But last week, the tech news website Recode learned about Alexander and the medical records and contacted the company for comment. It wasn't until then that Alexander was sacked. Kalanick this week announced he was going on a "leave of absence" after two internal investigations concluded the company's culture was a toxic blend of sexism, harassment, and bullying.
The victim left New Delhi, moving to the United States. She filed the lawsuit as "Jane Doe" in Texas.