Uber Exec Dismissed After Sharing Rape Victim's Medical Records

After an Uber driver raped a customer in India, an Uber executive obtained the victim's medical records and shared them with the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, and its senior vice president, Emil Michael. The executives then questioned the medical record and suggested that it was a sabotage attempt by a competitor, Recode reports.

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Eric Alexander, Uber's president of business in the Asia Pacific region, travelled to India to dig up the records, according to the report. Uber confirmed to Gizmodo that Alexander is "no longer with the company" and declined to comment further.

Uber is in turmoil after allegations of sexual harassment were raised by a former employee earlier this year. The ride-hailing company hired the law firm Perkins Coie to investigate HR complaints and announced yesterday that 20 staffers had been fired as a result. Thirty one other employees are in remedial training, while seven received final warnings about their behaviour.

However, Recode reports that Alexander was not among the 20 terminated employees, suggesting that he left the company only after the publication raised questions about his involvement in the rape case.

The case began in 2014, when an Indian woman reported to police that an Uber driver drove her to a secluded area and raped her. The driver was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The woman also sued Uber, but later settled out of court.

Uber welcomed the driver's conviction in 2015, with the president of Uber India Amit Jain saying, "We're pleased he has now been brought to justice."

But Kalanick, Michael and Alexander privately questioned whether Ola, an Uber competitor in India, orchestrated the case as an attempt at sabotage, Recode reports.

Other employees were uncomfortable with the trio obtaining and questioning the medical report, and Alexander's copy of the document was destroyed almost a year later.

[Recode]


Comments

    1: Headline claims dismissal.
    Cited sources fail to support claim.

    2: I'm trying to work out what you think he did wrong?
    Do you claim he obtained her records illegally?
    Do you claim he had no right to investigate a claim made against his company?
    Do you claim he shouldn't have discussed the investigation within his company?

    3: If he believed that a corrupt or incompetent judicial system had inappropriately incarcerated one of his employees *for life*, what exactly do you think he *should* have done?

    Last edited 08/06/17 8:25 am

      Yeah I'm not sure what exactly the story is here?

        Same. Not sure what the point of this article is.

    Probably really a case of attempting to pervert the course of justice and/or corruption.

    What business is it of U(e)ber. Its a private legal matter in a foreign country, they shouldn't have had access to the victim (alledged or not) and "their" medical files.

      1: Explain where you see an attempt at corruption or illegality.

      2: 'Uber India' is *not* foreign to India.

      3: *Of course* Uber had the medical record, it was used in an attempt to sue them.

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