Uber faces lawsuit over India rape investigation


An Uber carImage copyright Spencer Platt/Getty

A woman raped by an Uber driver in India is suing the company for allegedly invading her privacy, after reports that the firm obtained her medical records.

The lawsuit comes as the ride-hailing company is trying to restore its reputation amid a series of scandals.

Uber chief Travis Kalanick has said he will take leave from the firm after a review of management and practices.

Other top executives have also left and Uber has pledged other changes.

Uber: Travis Kalanick’s rollercoaster reign

In December 2014, a 26-year-old Delhi woman, who has now moved to Texas and has filed the case anonymously, was raped by Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav.

Yadav was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. As well as the criminal case, the woman had sued Uber, settling out of court.

However, she filed a new suit in the US on Thursday after reports emerged that Uber had investigated the complaint, obtained her medical records and speculated that she made up the claims to hurt the firm’s business.

She has alleged that Uber violated her privacy and defamed her character.

An Uber spokesperson said: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it over the last few weeks.”

The lawsuit names Mr Kalanick, and former executives Emil Michael and Eric Alexander.

View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40296994

Mr Alexander left the company last week after US reporters asked questions about the incident.

In the same category are

Darkest Hour: Gary Oldman on the ‘challenge’ of Churchill Image copyright Universal Michael Gambon, Brian Cox, John Lithgow - we've seen several actors take on the role of Winston Churchill in recent years....
Black Friday versus No-buy day – social media reacts Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online businesses are preparing their special deliveries This year's Black Friday shopping offers in th...
Pupils asked: ‘Would you live next to black person?’ Image copyright Naomi Davis Image caption Naomi Davis said her daughter Chayse felt "singled out" in the diversity lesson A school asked pupils to...
Sally Anne Bowman killer Mark Dixie jailed for more attacks Image copyright PA Image caption Eighteen-year-old Sally Anne Bowman was murdered in south London in 2005 The murderer of model Sally Anne Bowman ...
Katie Rough death: Teen detained for life for killing Image caption Katie was found seriously injured near playing fields in York in January A 16-year-old girl has been detained for life for killing s...
In pictures: Zimbabwe’s president sworn in Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken the oath of office in a packed stadium in the capital, Harare.We take a look at pictures of the ...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story