According to court filings made by Uber on Friday, the company has settled a lawsuit filed by an unnamed woman who said her medical records were improperly accessed by an Uber executive after she was raped by her driver in India in 2014.
The driver in question, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015. That same year, the victim sued Uber in the federal court in San Francisco and reached a confidential settlement with the company.
However, in June 2017, she sued Uber again. This time, the woman alleged that Eric Alexander, Uber’s then-Vice President for Business in Asia, went to Delhi and “managed to obtain Plaintiff’s confidential, private medical records generated by physicians who examined her after the brutal rape.”
The complaint goes on to claim that Alexander shared the records with then-CEO Travis Kalanick and Emil Michael, an Uber executive who was fired shortly after the June lawsuit. According to the complaint, the men “discussed the records among themselves and with other staff at Uber, speculating that plaintiff had made up the brutal rape in collusion with a rival of Uber in India to undermine Uber’s business.”
“Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber’s business,” the lawsuit said.
Since the plaintiff’s second lawsuit, Uber has been facing a ton of problems – Kalanick was dethroned as the company’s CEO, though he has remained as a board member and has clashed with his fellow members. By November, the company’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that the company had been hit by a major data breach in 2016 and kept it from the public for over a year. Meanwhile, Uber continues to be dogged by an ongoing high-profile lawsuit, Waymo v. Uber, which could have a major impact on the future of autonomous driving.
That case is set to go to trial in San Francisco in early February 2018.