Rape Victim Is Suing Uber For Company’s Use Of Her Private Medical Records

Lawyer Alok Dwivedi (C), representing Uber India motorist Shiv Kumar Yadav, who has been indicted of a rape of a womanlike passenger, speaks to media outward a Tis Hazari District probity in New Delhi on Jan 15, 2015. (Credit: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A lady who was raped by an Uber motorist in India has filed a new lawsuit opposite a association in light of a recent and much-publicized discovery that executives had performed her medical annals following a attack.

Identified as Jane Doe, a Indian lady and stream Texas proprietor formerly filed fit opposite a association in 2015 after being raped by an Uber driver, charging a ride-hail hulk with negligence and fraud. The box was reportedly settled for over $3 million, while her assailant Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted and detained for life.

As The Guardian reported, Uber faced poignant recoil over a credentials checks in 2015–even heading to a proxy anathema on a Indian service–when it was detected that Yadav had already been confronting charges in 4 other rapist cases during a time of a attack. Following a attack, Kalanick commented in a statement, “We will do everything, we repeat, all to assistance move this perpetrator to probity and to support a plant and her family in her recovery.”

In a final week, however, multiple outlets have reported that one or some-more Uber executives attempted to criticise Doe’s box during that duration regulating information from her trusted medical records, that then-president of Uber’s Asia Pacific segment Eric Alexander had somehow managed to obtain. According to Recode, Alexander showed her medical annals to then-CEO Travis Kalanick and and then-SVP Emil Michael, both of whom have given stepped divided from a company, while nonetheless some-more Uber executives “were possibly told about a annals or shown them.”

By email, a orator for Uber commented, ”No one should have to go by a horrific knowledge like this, and we’re truly contemptible that she’s had to relive it over a final few weeks.”

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In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, record photo, a self-driving Uber sits prepared for a media preview in Pittsburgh. Uber has refuted claims that a enlargement into self-driving cars hinges on trade secrets stolen from a Google spinoff, arguing that a ride-hailing use has been operative on potentially higher technology. (Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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As TechCrunch reported, Doe’s stream fit alleges penetration into private affairs, open avowal of private facts, and defamation. It also suggests that Alexander, Kalanick, and Michael suspected that Doe’s rape indictment in 2014 amounted to “a swindling from an Uber opposition or cab association to denounce a company,” according to TechCrunch.

Douglas Wigdor, Jane Doe’s attorney, told a Guardian in a statement, “It is intolerable that Travis Kalanick could publicly contend that Uber would do all to support a customer and her family in her liberation when he and other executives were reviewing illegally performed medical annals and enchanting in descent and forged swindling theories about a heartless rape she so tragically suffered.”

Alexander was dismissed on Jun 6 following reports that he had circulated Doe’s medical annals among Uber staff, while Michael, a longtime crony and co-worker of Kalanick’s, left a organisation on Monday. According to a Guardian, a new lawsuit “alleges that Alexander ‘met with Delhi military and intentionally performed plaintiff’s trusted medical records’ only days after a assault,” and that Uber is still in possession of those records.

The news follows mixed developments from a association this month, including a adoption of recommendations in a report by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a announced unfixed leave of Kalanick, and a firing of mixed comparison execs during a startup’s San Francisco headquarters, among others.

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[h/t The Guardian]

Janet Burns covers tech, culture, and other fun stuff from Brooklyn, NY. She also hosts the cannabis news podcast The Toke.

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