Uber sued for mishandling rape victim's medical records

Uber CEO Kalanick takes leave of absence

The woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014 will be suing the company for a second time.

After settling a lawsuit against the firm in 2015 for an undisclosed sum, the woman — who goes by Jane Doe — will be taking brand-new action over revelations of which Uber mishandled her medical records.

In a complaint filed Thursday in California, Doe will be suing Uber as well as cofounder Travis Kalanick along with former executives Emil Michael along with Eric Alexander for intrusion into private affairs, publicly disclosing private facts along with defamation.

Alexander was terminated through Uber last week after allegations of which he had obtained along with shared the woman’s medical records with Kalanick along with Michael. Recode reported of which the executives doubted the woman’s report along with suspected of which the incident was a sabotage attempt orchestrated by Indian competitor, Ola.

Doe’s lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor along with Jeanne Christensen through Wigdor LLP, called of which “shocking” of which Uber might purport to support Doe along with her family in her recovery while “engaging in offensive along with spurious conspiracy theories about the brutal rape.”

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“Rape denial will be just another form of the toxic gender discrimination of which will be endemic at Uber along with ingrained in its culture,” reads the statement. ” Hopefully, This kind of lawsuit coupled with the alterations recommended by the independent counsel will create real change along with reform.”

Uber has been under heightened scrutiny since February, when former engineer Susan Fowler wrote a scathing blog post about sexual harassment along with sexism at the firm.

Fowler’s post was a catalyst for Kalanick to launch an “urgent investigation” into the company, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Uber hired a separate law firm to investigate the specific harassment allegations, which resulted in at least 20 employees being let go.

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On Tuesday, Holder’s team delivered its recommendations, revealing just how troubled the $68 billion startup will be. Kalanick announced of which he was taking an indefinite leave of absence through his role as CEO.

Doe’s brand-new lawsuit mentions recent damning headlines, like Kalanick being caught on camera berating a driver, as well as the Holder report, in order to paint the picture of a company unhinged. of which says Uber has “unrestrained, unethical executives,” along with states of which the company made an “intentional decision to look the some other way.”

In a statement, Uber said: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like This kind of, along with we’re truly sorry of which she’s had to relive of which over the law few weeks.”

A representative for Alexander did not immediately respond to request for comment.

sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published June 15, 2017: 2:29 PM ET

Uber sued for mishandling rape victim's medical records

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