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Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Uber fires executive who accessed Delhi rape victim's medical records

Uber fires executive who accessed Delhi rape victim's medical records

A top Uber executive secured a copy of the medical report of a woman raped by a driver employed with the company in Delhi in 2014 and shared it with many of his colleagues, including Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick.

The Uber executive at the center of the report, Eric Alexander, served as the company's president of business in Asia Pacific.

The news report said Alexander was not among the 20 people fired by Uber as part of an internal investigation into its workplace culture after employees made allegations of sexual harassment and toxic work environment.

The tech website Recode reported Wednesday that an Uber executive obtained the medical records of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi.

Madhur Verma, a Delhi police official who was in charge of investigating the December 2014 sexual assault case, said he cannot understand how Alexander could have obtained the medical records. He was later sentenced to life in prison for his actions, but the incident was sensational enough that it kept sidelined Uber from operations until the middle of the following year, 2015, which would certainly give the company a motive to debunk the rape victim's accusation.

All three executives then questioned the veracity of the incident and were considering the scenario of rival Ola being behind this incident to sabotage the company, the report added.

CIOL Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company's privacy
Image courtesy Recode

Alexander further told his colleagues that the report did not indicate any physical damage to the woman, and hence the rape claim was contradictory. 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.

While both Uber and Ola significantly improved their background verification methods and safety, there have been few instances of violence by drivers that continue to come up. However, it is still unclear whether he received the files legally.

Uber didn't immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment on Kalanick's note.

Meanwhile, the app maker got some bad news in its court battle with Waymo after a California judge ordered Uber to surrender documents related to Uber's acquisition of Anthony Levandowski and his startup Otto. Uber fired Alexander on Tuesday over the medical records issue, the New York Times reported.

Besides, several executives at the company were either told about the records or shown them by the trio.

The ongoing investigations in Uber, undertaken because of allegations of sexual abuse and mismanagement in what is world's biggest start-up, about 20 employees have been fired while at least 100 others are being now investigated.

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