Uber exec fired after accessing rape victim passenger's medical records
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 16:42
The ride-sharing company announced the news to its 12,000 employees at a meeting at its San Francisco headquarters on Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
The incident in Delhi in 2014 had led to widespread changed in the ride-hailing taxi sector.
So who was Eric Alexander, and what happened? Alexander had allegedly obtained confidential medical records of the rape victim, which were passed around in the company up to CEO Travis Kalanick. Alexander, who oversaw the company's expansion throughout Asia, often carried the document around with him, the people said.
According to the company, Uber India has about 400,000 drivers in 29 cities, across the country. Uber told the BBC that Alexander no longer worked there but offered no further comment.
The Recode report raises questions over the rigor of Uber's internal investigations as well as adds to a list of instances in which Uber has played fast and loose with consumers' privacy. Numerous other executives were also reportedly privy to them or had knowledge about these records. This included firing Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the heart of Waymo's lawsuit, and the hiring of two new execs, one of whom is being brought on to train Uber's inexperienced execs. Rape can occur in cases where there is no evidence of physical harm.
The investigation also includes allegations of pervasive sexism and sexual harassment at Uber.
Uber has fired 20 employees after the investigation reports emerged, which includes Eric as well.
The story about Uber's latest unbelievable misconduct (yes, one more), has our head spinning.
On Wednesday, Uber confirmed to USA TODAY and Recode that Alexander was no longer with the company.
Frances Frei, who was as a professor and administrator at Harvard Business School, has joined the company as Uber's senior vice president of leadership and strategy. Holzwarth said she discussed the matter with investigators.
"Literally, it was an fantastic moment last week when we were in the office and he said, 'I really need to go meditate in order to be in a place to make good decisions right now, '" Huffington said. Uber responded by working closely with law enforcement and the prosecution to support their investigation and see the perpetrator brought to justice. He is likely to make broader recommendations on how to change Uber's culture when his report is released publicly next week.