Report: Uber Executives Analyzed A Rape Victim’s Medical Records Over Suspicions
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and other executives at the company examined the medical records of a woman who reported in 2014 she was raped during a ride in India, according to a story from Recode published Wednesday.
While it is not exactly known how, Eric Alexander, the president of business in the Asia Pacific, was apparently able to obtain the victim’s medical records while in the country. Alexander then showed the documents to Kalanick and Senior Vice President Emil Michael, according to Recode. Kalanick and Michael were reportedly somewhat skeptical of the rape accusations and conviction, even surmising that it could have been a ploy by its main competitor in India.
Alexander was allegedly fired in part of a larger investigation conducted by two separate law firms, which are reviewing 215 separate claims of mismanagement at the ride-hailing company. Alexander is accused of carrying around the classified documents for roughly a year before showing it other executives. His firing was not one of the 20 employees who’s terminations were reported Tuesday by The New York Times.
In relation to the rape case in New Delhi, India, the driver was arrested and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. He was reportedly already waiting trial for at least four other criminal charges.
Kalanick called the incident “horrific.”
“Out entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery,” Kalanick said in a statement at the time, adding that the company will collaborate with the government in order to make sure background checks become part of the licensing protocol.
The Indian government, though, banned Uber for several months after the incident.
The onslaught of scandalous and potentially damaging reports of Uber never seem to stop. The ride-sharing company turned tech conglomerate has dealt with a number of allegations in recent months, many of which implicate that it’s work culture is aggressive and includes systemic sexism against women. (RELATED: Uber CEO Makes Stunning Announcement To Staffers)
Uber recently hired two female executives — one coming from Apple and another from the Harvard Business School — in an apparent attempt to help right the deviating ship.
Uber did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s multiple requests for comment.
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