Uber exec axed after mishandling records related to rape case
June 08, 2017
Uber has fired Eric Alexander, who had been president of the ridehailing company’s Asia Pacific business since 2014, as first reported by Recode.
Reports allege that Alexander obtained medical records of a woman who was raped during an Uber ride in India several years ago because he doubted her story. He then showed the records to CEO Travis Kalanick and another executive; the three of them reportedly speculated that rival Ola was behind the incident and became suspicious that the rape hadn’t actually happened. Alexander reportedly held onto the records for a year before other executives got hold of them and destroyed the documents. The driver in question has since been sentenced to life in prison.
This is not one of the 20 terminations that were reported earlier this week, per Recode, although the situation was one of the 215 claims that were part of an internal investigation that led to the other firings.