Rape Victim Sues Uber For Allegedly Analyzing Her Medical Records
A woman who was raped in India by an Uber driver filed a lawsuit Thursday against the ride-sharing company after a number of executives allegedly obtained and analyzed her medical records.
The woman, listed as Jane Doe in the legal complaint, filed the claim in California where Uber is based, according to Recode.
“Plaintiff was violated physically when she was brutally raped in Delhi, India by her Uber driver in December 2014,” the lawsuit reads. “Sadly, in the United States, Uber executives violated her a second time by unlawfully obtaining and sharing her medical records from that vicious sexual assault and have failed, as of the date of this filing, to apologize to her for this outrageous conduct.”
Eric Alexander, then-president of business in the Asia Pacific, was apparently able to obtain the victim’s medical records while in India several years ago. After roughly a year, Alexander then allegedly showed the documents to CEO Travis Kalanick (who was officially placed on leave Tuesday) and Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael (who was formally fired Monday). Recode originally reported the allegations from inside sources in June, which ultimately led to Alexander’s termination, and likely contributed to Kalanick and Michael’s departure as well. (RELATED: Uber’s Next CEO Isn’t One Person, But A 14-Person Committee)
The three executives presumably reviewed the personal documents because they were somewhat skeptical of the rape accusations and subsequent conviction, even surmising that it could have been a ploy by its main competitor in India, according to Recode.
“It is shocking that Travis Kalanick could publicly say that Uber would do everything to support our client and her family in her recovery when he and other executives were reviewing illegally obtained medical records and engaging in offensive and spurious conspiracy theories about the brutal rape she so tragically suffered,” said the victim’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, according to Recode.
The lawsuit is just the latest in a litany of scandals and ordeals the ride-sharing company turned tech conglomerate has to deal with. (RELATED: Report: Regulators Are Investigating Uber For Allegedly Spying On Customers)
Uber did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment by time of publication.
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