The girl who was raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi, India, is suing the ride-hailing company after stories that a number of of its executives obtained and shared her medical records. She mentioned the execs had “violated her a second time” by their actions.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Uber’s Asia-Pacific President, Eric Alexander, had by some means obtained the medical records of the lady raped by Shiv Kumar Yadav in 2014 and confirmed them to CEO Travis Kalanick and senior enterprise VP Emil Michael.
Whereas the company publicly supported the lady and settled a lawsuit with her out of court docket, the three execs reportedly questioned her story, believing the incident could have been staged by India-based rival Ola to make Uber look unhealthy.
Alexander was terminated after reporters began asking questions on the records, and Michael resigned following an investigation into sexual harassment at the company. Kalanick, in the meantime, is on an indefinite go away of absence.
The nameless sufferer, who relocated to Texas in 2016, has filed a brand new lawsuit in opposition to Uber, Alexander, Michael, and Kalanick in a federal court docket in the Northern District of California.
In paperwork submitted to the court docket, the plaintiff’s attorneys wrote: “Kalanick, Eric Alexander, Uber’s then-Vice President for Enterprise in Asia and Emil Michael, Uber’s then-Senior Vice President for Enterprise, purchased into the narrative of rape denialism which focuses on whether or not a sufferer had been ingesting, what she was carrying, or whether or not she knew the alleged rapist, moderately than on the very actual bodily, emotional and monetary toll that rape takes on a sufferer.”
“By specializing in “whether or not she was actually raped in any respect,” and portray Plaintiff as an opportunist and a liar, Defendants appeared to be assuring themselves that the solely cause why a girl would report a sexual assault is for private achieve, moderately than to stop comparable crimes from occurring once more or to proper an injustice.”
It’s unclear how Alexander obtained the medical records. The lawsuit claims Uber nonetheless holds a duplicate of the information.
Uber has by no means had the greatest public picture, however this yr has seen the company hit by one scandal after one other. When requested about the newest lawsuit, a spokesperson mentioned: “Nobody ought to must undergo a horrific expertise like this, and we’re really sorry that she’s needed to relive it over the previous few weeks.”