Uber said it had fired an executive who ran its Asia Pacific operations after a news outlet reported his involvement in a rape-case investigation in India.
Eric Alexander, who according to his LinkedIn profile was president of business for Uber Asia Pacific, allegedly went to India in 2014 after a woman was raped by her Uber driver in order to secure her medical records, according to a report in Recode.
Alexander then shared those records with CEO Travis Kalanick and another senior Uber official, Emil Michael. The three Uber execs questioned whether Indian-rival Ola was connected to the incident in order to sabotage Uber, sources told Recode. The driver had been arrested and received a prison sentence.
On Tuesday, Uber told Recode Alexander had not been among the 20 Uber employees fired as a result of investigations by law firm Perkins Coie into 215 incidents of alleged sexual discrimination, bullying and other workplace infractions at the company.
On Wednesday, Uber confirmed to USA TODAY and Recode that Alexander was no longer with the company.
Uber would not confirm any of the other details in the Recode story. These include allegations that Alexander shared the woman’s medical files with a range of Uber executives and held onto the files for as long as a year before being asked by company officials to get rid of them.
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. The most notable example: “God View”, a tool that Uber employees used to track the movements of Uber riders including celebrities and politicians without their permission.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Marco della Cava