Uber terminates executive after he stolen medical documents of rape victim

Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company’s privacy						
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Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company’s privacy Start Ups By: CIOL Writers

According to a report in Recode, Uber executive Eric Alexander took the records back to the USA for examination, where CEO Travis Kalanick and other officials doubted the veracity of the incident.

Recode said, citing multiple people, that Alexander showed these medical documents, which were part of a criminal investigation, to Uber's co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick and senior vice president Emil Michael.

It said that while the company was publicly apologetic, "some top executives apparently had trouble believing that the incident was entirely true", including Alexander, who was already in India at that time and investigated the claims.

But Kalanick, Michael and Alexander privately questioned whether Ola, an Uber competitor in India, orchestrated the case as an attempt at sabotage, Recode reports.

Technology news site Recode said Mr Alexander was sacked only after the publication contacted the company about the story.

The actions that led to Alexander's termination began in late 2014, when it became public that a woman had accused an Uber driver of sexually assaulting her after she dozed off on a ride to her home in the Delhi region.

The memo is part of an ongoing investigation, conducted by law firm Perkins Coie, into 215 instances of workplace transgressions, including sexual harassment, at Uber, according to USA TODAY.

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

The work culture at Uber has for always been a subject of discussion for all the wrong reasons.

On Wednesday, Recode reported that Uber's Asia Pacific head Eric Alexander was no longer working with the company. The driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison.

Recode reports Alexander, Kalanick and another exec seemed to question the validity of the victim's story based on their reading of her medical report.

Ola, meanwhile, said it was "despicable" that Uber would suspect it of being involved in the incident.

Newsletter has been successfully subscribed. "It is also not clear if he obtained these files legally", she continues.

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.

In addition, Uber was caught using technology to avoid regulator crackdowns, a video surfaced showing Kalanick berating an Uber driver, and the company is caught up in legal battles around the world over the way its ride-services business operates.

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