Delhi Uber Rape Survivor Sues Company
The woman who was raped by her Uber driver in New Delhi in 2014 is suing the company for accessing her medical reports. She said that Uber executives have failed to apologise to her for their ‘outrageous conduct’.
In her lawsuit filed in a federal court in California, US, the woman said that Uber questioned whether she was really raped at all, and contrived a fictitious story about a competitor of Uber being involved in framing the company for her rape in 2014.
“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,” Uber said on Thursday (June 15) in a statement.
“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.
The rape had occurred in December 2014, and the driver was convicted and given a life sentence in 2015.
The case comes two days after Uber’s Chief Executive Officer, Travis Kalanick announced he would be taking a leave of absence. Uber’s board of directors has voted to adopt all recommendations from a report made by former US Attorney General Eric Holder on the company’s culture. Uber hired Holder and his firm in February to investigate the company’s practices after an engineer, Susan Fowler, published a blog post about how she dealt with sexual harassment and how nothing was done about it.
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