Woman raped by Uber driver in India is now suing the company for obtaining and sharing...

midian182

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The woman who was raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi, India, is suing the ride-hailing company after reports that several of its executives obtained and shared her medical records. She said the execs had “violated her a second time” through their actions.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Uber’s Asia-Pacific President, Eric Alexander, had somehow obtained the medical records of the woman raped by Shiv Kumar Yadav in 2014 and showed them to CEO Travis Kalanick and senior business VP Emil Michael.

While the company publicly supported the woman and settled a lawsuit with her out of court, the three execs reportedly questioned her story, believing the incident may have been staged by India-based rival Ola to make Uber look bad.

Alexander was terminated after reporters started asking questions about the records, and Michael resigned following an investigation into sexual harassment at the company. Kalanick, meanwhile, is on an indefinite leave of absence.

The anonymous victim, who relocated to Texas in 2016, has filed a new lawsuit against Uber, Alexander, Michael, and Kalanick in a federal court in the Northern District of California.

In documents submitted to the court, the plaintiff’s lawyers wrote: “Kalanick, Eric Alexander, Uber's then-Vice President for Business in Asia and Emil Michael, Uber's then-Senior Vice President for Business, bought into the narrative of rape denialism which focuses on whether a victim had been drinking, what she was wearing, or whether she knew the alleged rapist, rather than on the very real physical, emotional and financial toll that rape takes on a victim.”

“By focusing on "whether she was really raped at all," and painting Plaintiff as an opportunist and a liar, Defendants seemed to be assuring themselves that the only reason why a woman would report a sexual assault is for personal gain, rather than to prevent similar crimes from occurring again or to right an injustice.”

It’s unclear how Alexander obtained the medical records. The lawsuit claims Uber still holds a copy of the files.

Uber has never had the best public image, but this year has seen the company hit by one scandal after another. When asked about the latest lawsuit, a spokesperson said: "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."

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VitalyT

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believing the incident may have been staged by India-based rival Ola to make Uber look bad
So they decided to beat Ola to it, and made themselves look much worse. Genius exec hiring by Uber.
 

hitech0101

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The image used in the article has the placard questioning the Indian Prime minister and the flags of the leading opposition party. I do not think it is an appropriate image as it politicizes the issue.
 

stewi0001

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The image used in the article has the placard questioning the Indian Prime minister and the flags of the leading opposition party. I do not think it is an appropriate image as it politicizes the issue.
Could of fooled me, but I can't read the language. However, the images on the posters could be interpreted as something to do with rape victims.
 
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Raoul Duke

The image used in the article has the placard questioning the Indian Prime minister and the flags of the leading opposition party. I do not think it is an appropriate image as it politicizes the issue.
Hey they all look the same right?
NOT
 
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Jibberish18

Most of Uber execs should be looking at the world through steel bars and razor wire as far as I'm concerned. As popular as their service is, it's run by a real shady bunch.
Consumers seem to miss how ugly this company is and always has been as a whole.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Consumers seem to miss how ugly this company is and always has been as a whole.
100% correct. It really is, but it provides a service that is indispensable to a lot of people and that makes it more tragic. Their CEO got the hell out of that mess before his physical residential address could be permanently changed to Cell Block A, Cell No. 6, Leavenworth State Penitentiary which is very befitting for him and hopefully can still happen.
 

captaincranky

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Well, it's nice to see the woman relocated to the US, "land of the free, home of the law suit"!

When she arrived, I'll bet she had personal injury lawyers lined up three deep at the airport, carrying signs with her name on them....:eek: