Uber fires exec who obtained medical records of passenger raped by driver

Uber is wrapping up its investigations into sexual harassment and other unprofessional conduct, and already has fired 20 people. But problems keep cropping up for the ride-hailing company.

The San Francisco-based startup reportedly has fired another top executive after tech blog Recode questioned the company about his conduct. Eric Alexander, president of business in the Asia Pacific, obtained medical records of a passenger who was raped by her driver, showed them to CEO Travis Kalanick and others, and carried them around for a year before they were destroyed, Recode reported.

The incident was one of the 215 complaints reported during Uber’s investigation into sexual harassment, bullying, physical threats and other human resources issues, according to Recode. But Alexander was not one of the 20 people Uber on Tuesday said it fired as a result of that investigation.

The records Alexander is said to have taken belonged to a woman in her 20s who said her Uber driver raped her during a ride in India in 2014. The driver was arrested, and the assault sparked a backlash against Uber in the country, where sexual assault is a chronic issue. Police in New Delhi considered bringing criminal charges against Uber, and the ride-hailing company was temporarily banned in the country.

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. They also speculated whether Ola, Uber’s main rival in India, was behind the story.

Recode says Alexander was let go after the tech blog contacted Uber and asked about his actions.

The whole messy situation gives Kalanick one more reason to spend time meditating in his office’s lactation room.

Photo: This file photo taken on March 10, 2016 shows a man checking a vehicle at an Uber “Work On Demand” recruitment event in Los Angeles. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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